Jun 23, 2020

Facebook bans 'loot-to-order' antiquities trade

Facebook has banned users trading in historical artefacts on the site. Facebook says all trade in ancient artefacts is banned on its platforms. "To keep these artefacts and our users safe, we've been working to expand our rules, and starting today we now prohibit the exchange, sale or purchase of all historical artefacts on Facebook and Instagram." Following our investigation, Facebook said it had removed 49 groups - but researchers continue to unearth evidence that trade is still ongoing. "Illicit antiquities trade on Facebook appears to have the greatest reach in the Middle East and North Africa where we are currently monitoring over 120 Facebook groups developed solely for looting and trafficking activity," said Prof Amr Al-Azm.

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