Facebook has reportedly exacerbated the southern U.S. border crisis by allowing illegal immigrants and even human smugglers to facilitate their activities on the company’s platforms. Reports claiming that posts addressing human trafficking had been blocked were also reportedly removed.
The company reportedly made the admission that human smugglers and illegal migrants coordinate activities on Facebook’s several platforms in a private letter to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Mr. Brnovich was “surprised” by the revelation and wrote a letter last week to the U.S. Department of Justice. He asked U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland in the letter to investigate the social media giant and find a way to “stop its active encouragement and facilitation of illegal entry.” Facebook reportedly censored Brnovich’s anti-human trafficking posts.
Facebook doesn’t seem to make exceptions for illegal activities other than migration. Even though the former may help abuse victims, The Washington Times
Facebook claimed in response to Brnovich that the company tried to block ads and remove posts “promoting human smuggling services.” State public policy vice president William Castleberry reportedly acknowledged that migrants search for smugglers on Facebook’s platforms, which he said was “confidential business information,” The Timeswrote. Brnovich reportedly called Facebook’s allegedly strict smuggling and trafficking restrictions enforcement mechanism a “paper tiger.”
The TimesWhatsApp owned by Facebook was the number one choice for smugglers. The TimesIt said that it had evidence to show how cartel smugglers used WhatsApp to exort cash from families of smuggled migrants.
A Facebook spokesperson told MRC Free Speech America, “We prohibit content that offers or assists with human smuggling, invest in technology and people to proactively identify it, and remove it from our platform whenever we find it.”
Facebook’s letter said the platform permits “people to share information about how to enter a country illegally or request information about how to be smuggled,” per Brnovich’s website. “This is another example of how out of touch Big Tech is with America. The cartels are seizing control of our southern border, and shame on anyone who is exploiting this crisis to enrich themselves,” Brnovich stated.
Facebook’s Castleberry reportedly said that asylum seekers under international law may attempt illegal entry, but using Facebook may prevent them from seeking the aid of human traffickers. Brnovich indicated that he is currently investigating Facebook cases of sextrafficking.
Todd Bensman (Center for Immigration Studies) is a national security Fellow at the Center for Security Studies. According to him, social media makes it worse. The Times. Bensman said every immigrant he met had a phone “fully plugged into the social media world, and that gave that live-time intelligence information about where to go, when to go and how people upstream were doing.”
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