Although FACEBOOK STATES THIS:
“We prohibit content that offers or assists with human smuggling and remove it from our platform whenever we find it,” a Facebook spokesperson said via email.
WHAT HAPPENING IS THIS:
Human smugglers along the southern border are openly advertising their services on Facebook and the social media company has fallen short on removing such content.
A number of user accounts have posted offers to facilitate illegal border crossings on the platform.
Some even directly advertise how much they charge for the service. Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.), who took office in January, repeatedly alerted Facebook to the issue in general and to a number of specific posts of this kind, but most of them haven’t been removed, she said.
Facebook has so far failed to accommodate Cammack’s request for an in-person meeting to discuss the issue, she said.
Given that some of the posts in question were paid advertisements, it raises the question of whether Facebook has been taking money, at least indirectly, from criminal cartels, which are known to control the human smuggling operations, Cammack said.
Although alerted to a number of posts Facebook, Most, but not all of them, were subsequently removed.
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