Friday, June 11, 2021

Facebook furls border crisis

How Facebook is fueling the border crisis by failing to close down dozens of groups offering passage into the US for as little as $1,700 and showcasing glowing testimonials

  • Dozens of Facebook groups openly offer illegal crossings, posting prices, routes and testimonials from what they claim to be happy customers
  • The Tech Transparency Project (TTP) said in a damning report Facebook has become a 'one stop shop' for coyotes and dangerous cartels 
  • TTP revealed it had handed over details about 50 human smuggler Facebook pages in April to Facebook - 19 still remain on the platform 
  • Many groups - some with tens of thousands of members - make no effort to disguise their services, with names like 'Travel to the US, fulfill your dream' 
  • In one post on the 'El coyote lopez' page, a smuggler advertises travel from Nicaragua into the US for $8,000 per person
  • The groups are also said to have ties to dangerous Mexican cartels
  • At least 128 migrants have died attempting to reach the US so far in 2021 


Facebook has been blamed for fueling the border crisis as human smugglers are using its platform to organize the passage of desperate migrants into the US in exchange for as little as $1,700.

Dozens of Facebook pages and groups openly offer illegal crossings across the US-Mexico border, posting prices, routes, discount options, videos they claim show successful trips - and even testimonials from what they claim to be happy customers.  

The Tech Transparency Project (TTP), which unearthed the groups in a damning report this week, said Facebook has become a 'one stop shop' for 'coyote' people smugglers and dangerous cartels and is contributing to migrants risking their lives on the perilous journey chasing the American dream. 

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