Florida Republican Rep. Kat Cammack sent a scathing letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday accusing him of allowing human traffickers and Latin American cartels to operate freely on his social media platform.
Cammack issued a strong indictment of Facebook and also other social networking companies for perpetuating the border crisis by providing the means for drug cartels and “coyotes” to post paid advertisements encouraging migrants to cross illegally into the United States.
“Facebook’s role in the crisis at the border is urgent and must be addressed immediately,” Cammack wrote to Zuckerberg in the letter obtained by Fox News.
In the letter, the representative urges the popular social network to remove the human trafficking ads immediately.
“It is unacceptable for an American company to allow a criminal enterprise to use your platform to freely encourage and facilitate criminal activity,” she added.
Cammack recently traveled to McAllen, Texas, along with other lawmakers, to see firsthand the border crisis resulting from the overwhelming number of people seeking to enter the United States in the wake of new White House policies.
Cammack said Border Patrol agents told her that cartels and human smugglers use Facebook to advertise. Cammack also said that migrants admitted that they relied on Facebook to arrange service payments for human smuggling.
In case there remained any doubt that what Cammack was reporting was true, she attached to her letter to Zuckerberg several screenshots with Facebook ads that attest to what she is saying.
“Even more troubling was the fact that as people visited these pages, myself included, that Facebook then provided additional posts and pages of related illegal content,” Cammack wrote.
Cammack’s letter comes on the same day that a Facebook board upheld the banning of former President Trump from the platform, symbolizing the persecution that big tech is perpetrating against conservative sectors. Today, the board announced its decision almost exactly four months after the Capitol riots that were used as an excuse to suspend then President Trump, accused without any argument or evidence of encouraging violence. The Facebook Oversight Board is said to be an independent body that rules on Facebook’s decision in an unbiased manner. Facebook cannot overrule the board, but it pays the salaries of all board members.
“Facebook clearly has no problem monitoring and censoring conservative voices on a daily basis, so I am confident your company has the capabilities and resources to detect and prevent criminal enterprises from posting content that encourages and facilitates illicit activity,” Cammack wrote.