Wildlife Criminals Using Facebook as a Marketplace
In April of 2018, the Associated Press reported that an anonymous whistleblower had filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleging that Facebook is facilitating and profiting from illegal wildlife trafficking on its social media platform. The complaint, filed with the SEC in August of 2017, explains how Facebook failed to implement the necessary and required internal controls to curtail criminal activity occurring on Facebook’s social media pages. The complaint explains how Facebook is engaged in the business of selling advertisements on the web pages it knows or should know are being used by traffickers to market endangered species animal parts.
National Whistleblower Center Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn has emphasized that “Facebook is not an innocent bystander to these crimes.” He added “we’re seeking the strongest possible legal enforcement to stop wildlife trafficking that is threatening the extinction of numerous species. Wildlife is a treasure that benefits all of humankind and no nation, or groups of criminals have the right to threaten beloved creatures treasured by all of humankind. Traffickers are stealing from our heritage, our culture, and all children.”
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You can read below the many steps National Whistleblower Center has taken to put an end to Facebook wildlife crime. NWC urges readers to take action and donate to help raise awareness for the Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program.
Facebook In The News:
How Facebook Groups Became A Bizarre Bazaar For Elephant Tusks – Read this Wired post on the illegal activity. Facebook is a publicly traded company and could pose major fines by the SEC. The SEC could impose financial penalties that would pressure the company to close these wildlife marketplaces and also potentially land major monetary awards for whistle-blowers in countries where wildlife trafficking is most widespread.
Facebook Wildlife Trafficking Report Spread Around World – News outlets around the United States have picked up and expanded upon an Associated Press story about the whistleblower complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lodged against Facebook. The story has been published in news sources in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Facebook Whistleblower Alleges Company Chooses to Profit from The Trafficking of Endangered Species – The whistleblower law firm of Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto announced that it filed the anonymous whistleblower complaint against Facebook with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Office of the Whistleblower alleging that Facebook is knowingly profiting from the trafficking of endangered species.
Congress Questions Facebook CEO on Wildlife Crime – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg received tough questions from members of Congress about wildlife trafficking and the illegal ivory trade on his two-billion user social media site.
Facebook Is Linked to Illegal Ivory Trade, SEC Complaint Claims – Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) originally last August, but it became public on April 9.
Everybody Is Talking About It: Facebook’s Wildlife Black Market – National Whistleblower Center featured in ABC News, New York Post & more.
Take Action To Protect Wildlife:
Urge Your Representatives to Support Legislation That Combats Wildlife Trafficking – Help the cause by clicking the link and following the steps. Urge your Representatives to support the Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act of 2018, a powerful piece of legislation that will close the gaps in our enforcement of wildlife trafficking.
Click to Donate to the National Whistleblower Center – Help NWC innovate better ways to fight illegal wildlife trafficking by supporting the Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program.
Letters to Congress To Prevent Illegal Facebook Ads:
Congressmen urge SEC to investigate Facebook for facilitating wildlife trafficking – Reps. Raul Grijalva and Jared Huffman letter to SEC suggest that Facebook is breaking laws that require public companies to protect shareholders and prevent illegal activity.
ABC News Washington Story Highlights Congressional Inquiry into Illegal Wildlife Trafficking on Facebook – Representatives Raul Grijalva (AZ) and Jared Huffman (CA) filed a letter to the SEC saying that Facebook was breaking laws that require public companies to protect shareholders and prevent illegal activity. The letter demanded an investigation into the illegal wildlife trafficking on Facebook.
Facebook Uncooperative in DOJ Wildlife Trafficking Investigations – In a letter delivered to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, the National Whistleblower Center (“NWC”) requested that Facebook immediately start cooperating with the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) efforts to investigate and halt wildlife trafficking.
Videos on Strategies to Prevent Wildlife Trafficking:
Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge: National Whistleblower Center is Fighting Wildlife Crime Corruption – The National Whistleblower Center, one of the Challenge’s Grand Prize Winner. Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program, fights corruption by incentivizing insiders to securely report wildlife crime. Watch the video to learn more.
Incentivizing Whistleblowers to Report Illegal Wildlife Trafficking – Stephen Kohn founder of National Whistleblower Center presents a powerpoint presentation on rewarding whistleblowers that report illegal wildlife trafficking.