- Meta will now allow the solicitation of human smuggling on its social media platforms.
- Meta reached its policy decision after considering “global perspectives and a broad range of expertise.”
- They have not been transparent about who they consulted and why this is the best course of action.
We’d say that we’re shocked, but this is Facebook we’re talking about here.
According to an internal memo obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, Facebook parent company Meta will now allow the solicitation of human smuggling on its social media platforms. Meta reached its policy decision after five months of deliberation that sought out “global perspectives and a broad range of expertise,” WFB reports.
Oh but no specific organizations were named, of course. They just pinky swear they spoke with “NGOs working with migrants” and “former border enforcement officials.”
Right. The kind of border enforcement officials that like to make it easier for people to get into the country —you know the ones.
Here are some excerpts from the internal memo:
“We observed that a slight majority of stakeholders favored allowing solicitations of smuggling services for reasons associated with asylum seekers,” the memo reads. “We decided that this was indeed the best option since the risks could be mitigated by sending resources, whereas the risks of removing such content could not be mitigated.”
According to the WFB, in order to “mitigate the risks” of allowing “migrant seeking smuggler” type situations, Meta said it “proposed interventions such as sending resources to users soliciting smuggling services.”
Again, no specific examples of these resources were given. But the company did say, quite clearly, that it will allow the “sharing [of] information related to illegal border crossing.”
“We regularly engage with outside experts to help us craft policies that strike the right balance between supporting people fleeing violence and religious persecution while not allowing human smuggling to take place through our platforms,” Meta spokesman Drew Pusateri said.
Again, nameless, faceless outside experts.
This decision went down on Capitol Hill about as well as you would expect, with Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) writing directly to Zuck, himself.
“It is unacceptable for an American company to allow a criminal enterprise to use your platform to freely encourage and facilitate criminal activity,” Cammack wrote.