Mar 5, 2021

Inquiry into Amazon tracts for sale on Facebook

Getty Images/BBC. Brazil's Supreme Federal Court has ordered an inquiry into the sale of protected areas of the Amazon rainforest via Facebook. The judge took the decision to extend the case to include the Facebook ads. The BBC has flagged up some of the ads involved to Facebook, but the social media giant has failed to remove them. The BBC arranged meetings between four sellers on Facebook and an undercover operative posing as a lawyer, who claimed to represent wealthy investors. "What is the difference between selling stolen land with violence against indigenous rights on Facebook and selling narcotics through the platform?" asked Nilto Tatto, a member of the lower house's environment commission.

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