Reporters found advertisements for the sale of part of the Amazon forest in Brazil. They appeared on the Facebook Marketplace.
Parts of the Amazon rainforest are being illegally sold on Facebook. In the ads of the social network, you can find territories that belong to the national forests and lands – they, by law, belong to the indigenous peoples who live on it. According to the BBC, some of the sites are as large as 1,000 football fields.
Facebook noted that they are “ready to work with local authorities to resolve the situation,” but they will not take independent action and will not remove these ads. “Our rules in relation to such ads requires compliance with the laws of buyers and sellers, we intend to adhere to the same position,” – noted in the social network.
An unnamed leader of one of the affected indigenous communities called on the social network to remove the ads. According to him, despite the fact that it is illegal, the country’s authorities will not interfere and stop the sale.
“Landowners feel unpunished, so they are not ashamed to upload such ads on Facebook and enter into illegal land deals,” said Ivaneide Bandeira, head of environmental organization Kanindé.
Anyone can find sites for sale in the Facebook Marketplace search engine. To do this, in the service, you need to type the Portuguese analogs of words such as “forest”, “jungle” and select one of the states where there are forests of the Amazon as a location. At the same time, some of the ads contain accurate pictures and coordinates of the territories for sale.