Twitter has partnered with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to raise awareness about substance abuse when people search for marijuana on the platform.
According to a report from Marijuana Moment released this week, no such policy exists for alcohol-related searches.
When Twitter users search for marijuana or related keywords on the social media platform, a notification that reads: “Help is available. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use, you are not alone” pops up above search results. The notification is accompanied by a link that leads to the website of SAMHSA, which is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
However, while targeting people who search for cannabis, Twitter hasn’t introduced a similar health warning for the search of alcohol-related terms, leading advocates to question the arbitrary nature of the decision.