Facebook Marketplace Amazon rainforest sales

February 2021

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 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.

Developer: Facebook
Country:
Brazil
Sector: Technology
Purpose:
Sell products/services, advertising
Technology:
Database
Issue/controversy:
Illegal land sales; ethics