(NewsNation Now) – A new report claims that social media platforms such as Facebook are encouraging the smuggling of illegal migrants and promoting hatred towards migrants, further increasing pressure on the social media giant following the announcement of ‘a corporate whistleblower this week.
The report, from Border Report, a Nexstar website that deals with issues regarding the country’s southern border, shows that finding human smuggling routes, modes of transit and even discounts is as easy as it gets. scrolling on social networks.
NewsNation partner at borderreport.com, Sandra Sanchez, says websites like Facebook offer free promotion to smugglers looking to attract potential customers.
âOne of the panel discussions was called Caravan 2021,â Sanchez said. âNow the words were written in Spanish, but anyone who spoke Spanish and met this group would recognize it. Besides just allowing them to speak in this chat, they can also (direct message) the trafficker, who can say, “Meet me at this specific location.” Here is the price. ‘â
Sanchez called it “free advertising” but warned against misinformation. She has seen how harmful it can be.
âI was at Del Rio for a week,â Sanchez said. âI was on the bridge, I saw thousands of migrants below me, you know, crying from hunger. They were destitute, they made chorizo ââtents. They all thought that if they crossed the Rio Grande from Ciudad AcuÃ±a to Del Rio, they would be admitted to the United States and they were not â
Several cybersecurity and migration experts are now urging Congress to act. They say Facebook, in particular, can and should do more to patrol its platform.
Katie Paul, director of the Tech Transparency Project, sent NewsNationNow.com the following statement:
âFacebook’s dominance in Latin America, coupled with their repeated failures in tackling disinformation and crime, has contributed to the influx of migrants to the border. As we have seen in recent whistleblower reports, Facebook was aware of how its platform was being used to facilitate human trafficking of vulnerable populations. Facebook chose not to act, literally sacrificing people for profit. “
Among the actions these groups want to see, Facebook is required to remove hateful disinformation and messages that show intolerance towards asylum seekers. They also want the social media giant to ban groups that target migrants and vulnerable populations by encouraging them to migrate illegally to the United States.
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