Columbia students are upset over the arrest of a student who was arrested on drug charges after accepting payments through Venmo. Every transaction on Venmo is shared publicly by default and the company allows users to keep their transactions and information private. The student made little effort to conceal the nature of his dealings. Venmo stated that that they do work with law enforcement to make sure the platform remains a safe place to exchange money.
Columbia University students are bugging out over the arrest of a student on drug charges who they say accepted payment through the social payment application Venmo. Why are they fretting? Venmo is the opposite of cash: every transaction is shared publicly by default. And the requesting party has to write a brief description of the transaction. He had a rule, one student told Capital: “The description has to be funny.” The alleged dealer is Michael Getzler, a sophomore English major. New York police arrested him yesterday. Payments to Getzler recorded on his Venmo page had a wide variety of descriptions. “Halal or something funny,” wrote one buyer in a transaction description. Some others: “Kale salad.” "Snoop Dogg's shizzle." One description, "Columbia in 1980s," referred to a cult Columbia stoner film.