Amazon Rainforest Land Illegally Sold on Facebook

Parts of the Amazon rainforest land the size of football fields are sold illegally on Facebook, the BBC reported. 

Land grabbers who do not hold legal land titles were found to be selling parts of the Amazon rainforest land, including protected regions belonging to Brazil’s indigenous peoples. 

A BBC investigation revealed that Facebook is knowledgeable of the trade and is willing to work with authorities, but said it would not take independent action to interrupt the trade. 

“Our commerce policies require buyers and sellers to comply with laws and regulations,” the social media giant told the BBC. 

The investigation also found out that by typing Portuguese search words “forest” or “timber” in Facebook Marketplace, anybody can find and have access to the listings of the illegally sold lands.

While undercover, the British public broadcaster also revealed that plots of land inside an indigenous reserve were also being sold for around  £16,400.

Community leader Bitaté Uru Eu Wau Wau said “This is a lack of respect,” when he saw the Facebook ads. 

He said the plot belongs to the area where his community hunt and fish.

Meanwhile, Brazilian environment minister Ricardo Salles responded with, “President Jair Bolsonaro’s government has always made it clear that his is a zero-tolerance government for any crime, including environmental ones.”

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