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.
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. A representative for Venmo would not respond specifically to the question whether they were helping police with their investigation into Getzler, but wrote in an email to Capital: "We work collaboratively with law enforcement when appropriate to help ensure that Venmo is a safe place to send and receive money."