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Facebook is trying to stop the sale of Amazon rainforest land on its Marketplace

Do you know you possibly can promote land on Fb Market? No? Neither did I. Do you know individuals had been making an attempt to promote land within the Amazon rainforest on Market? Once more, neither did I! Promoting land in ecological conservation areas is often unlawful and may have destructive impacts on the flora, fauna, and other people dwelling there, so Fb introduced Friday that it’s altering its commerce insurance policies to explicitly prohibit the sale of protected land on Fb and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms.

Fb’s announcement comes after a February BBC investigation into its Market that discovered individuals illegally bought massive plots of land within the Brazilian Amazon rainforest on Fb’s Craigslist various. The plots had been ceaselessly bought with out an official land title designating possession, pushed by the deforestation of the Amazon brought on by the Brazilian cattle business, the BBC discovered.

The social community didn’t wish to independently cease the unlawful sale of land within the Amazon initially as a result of Fb’s “commerce insurance policies require patrons and sellers to adjust to legal guidelines and rules,” the corporate informed the BBC in February. Now a number of months (and scandals) later, Fb is taking a tougher stance. “Listings could not promote the shopping for or promoting of animals or animal merchandise, or land in ecological conservation areas,” Fb’s up to date coverage reads. The corporate additionally plans to cross-reference listings towards a database of protected land to determine anybody that violates its coverage.

The transfer is in the end an excellent one, even when it is delayed. It’s simply the timing that makes it unusual. In the previous few weeks, Fb’s handled leaked analysis, a whistleblower actively calling out the corporate’s supposed hypocrisy, and a serious international outage. Stopping the sale of the Amazon rainforest is only a unusual cherry on Fb’s shitty, multi-week sundae.

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