ASHINGTON — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to appear on Capitol Hill next week to talk about how tech companies protect user data, but FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has a different bone to pick: holding tech companies accountable for illicit opioids bought and sold on their platforms.

“I’m concerned that social media companies, internet service providers that host websites, and others in the internet ecosystem haven’t been proactive enough in rooting out these illegal offers to distribute opioids from their respective platforms,” he said Wednesday, specifically naming Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft’s Bing, at an addiction policy summit in Atlanta.

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