Brazilian Rainforest Plots Are Being Sold Illegally via Facebook Marketplace Ads

Joao Fellet and Charlotte Pamment, reporting for BBC News:

Parts of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are being illegally sold on Facebook, the BBC has discovered. The protected areas include national forests and land reserved for indigenous peoples. Some of the plots listed via Facebook’s classified ads service are as large as 1,000 football pitches.

Facebook said it was “ready to work with local authorities”, but indicated it would not take independent action of its own to halt the trade.

Just in case you hadn’t been angered by Facebook this week.

Saturday, 27 February 2021