Facebook Marketplace Amazon rainforest sales

Occurred: February 2021

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The BBC has discovered that swathes of Brazil's Amazon rainforest, including national forests and land reserved for indigenous peoples, are being illegally bought and sold on Facebook Marketplace commerce site.

Although the revelations were provoked an inquiry by Brazil’s Supreme Court, Facebook said it would allow the sales to continue. 

In October 2021, Facebook announced that it was updating its commerce policies to prohibit the sale of land in ecological conservation areas across Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

Operator: Meta/Facebook
Developer: Meta/Facebook
Country: Brazil
Sector: Retail
Purpose: Sell products/services, advertising
Technology: Database
Issue: Ethics; Legality
Transparency: Governance

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Type: Incident
Published: February 2021
Last updated: October 2021