As a member of African Wildlife Foundation’s community of activists, I am horrified to learn that Facebook has been accused of running ads on pages advertising the sale of elephant ivory, rhino horn, and other wildlife products.
This must stop immediately. You must also prioritize identifying and purging all activity related to wildlife trafficking on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, including deleting posts that sell ivory and rhino horn, shutting down Facebook groups devoted to sales of wildlife products, and stopping Facebook Messenger from being used to negotiate prices.
The rampant wildlife trafficking activity on your social media platforms is abhorrent and contributes to the rapid decline of Africa’s elephant, rhino, and other iconic wildlife populations. We will not be satisfied with a few new policies asking wildlife criminals to self-regulate.
In March, Facebook joined the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online along with 20 other technology companies. Yet weeks later, wildlife trafficking is still rampant on your network. If Facebook’s commitment to the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online is genuine, then ending the facilitation of black market sales must become a top-line priority. I stand with AWF and the world’s community of wildlife activists who demand you to take action to stop Facebook’s participation in wildlife trafficking immediately. The word is out and the world is watching what you do next.
Here is the link to the African Wildlife Foundation on Facebook…
African Wildlife Foundation – #DislikeIt. Facebook allows groups to trade elephant ivory and rhino horn on their social media platforms and is reportedly running ads on those pages. This puts #elephan…