This yr, TRAFFIC and Fb piloted native, near-real-time monitoring and fast elimination of content material that violates Fb’s insurance policies regarding wildlife commerce within the Philippines and Indonesia. 

From January-Could 2021, Fb cumulatively eliminated greater than 1,953 Fb teams linked to prohibited wildlife gross sales working within the Philippines and Indonesia based mostly on TRAFFIC monitoring information. TRAFFIC highlighted to Fb repeat offenders and teams that have been recreated after deactivation following earlier experiences. Skilled traffickers will proceed to create new accounts and pages. Nevertheless, every elimination and blocking of accounts requires them to rebuild their networks, a tedious and unprofitable course of in such a fast-moving commerce. This additionally deters extra informal sellers and consumers by creating extra limitations to their actions.  

We’re proud to work intently with TRAFFIC Southeast Asia on disrupting native trafficking actions within the Philippines and Indonesia. SEA offers our group with beneficial insights that assist gas our combat towards on-line illicit wildlife commerce and we look ahead to persevering with our collaboration within the area and past.”

Jan Edward Lim, Public Coverage Affiliate Supervisor at Fb

Fb is a member of the Coalition to Finish Wildlife Trafficking On-line, a partnership of 41 tech corporations convened by TRAFFIC, WWF and IFAW working collectively to cut back the unlawful commerce in wildlife via web-based platforms. By this collaboration, TRAFFIC frequently shares monitoring information with Fb and, the place related, native enforcement companies about on-line customers, pages and teams providing endangered wildlife on the market on the platform. Since 2018, firm members within the Coalition to Finish Wildlife Trafficking On-line have reported blocking or eradicating greater than 4 million listings that violated prohibited wildlife insurance policies. 

Whereas regulation enforcement companies in some international locations have devoted wildlife cybercrime process forces, they’ve restricted sources to detect and reply to nearly all of unlawful wildlife content material on-line. TRAFFIC recommends that corporations take away person content material that falls outdoors of the scope of regulation enforcement’s capability for investigation.  

There are hundreds of latest posts every day. Regulation enforcement companies can not deal with all of them alone. Eradicating the teams and pages the place consumers and sellers are buying and selling sends the message that they’re being watched and can face motion.”

Serene Chng, Program Officer for TRAFFIC Southeast Asia

Indian Star Tortoise are sometimes traded regardless of being uplisted to CITES Appendix I in 2019 | TRAFFIC

This instance within the Philippines highlights the collaborative potential to disrupt world on-line trafficking networks given ample capability and sources between nonprofit organizations and firm employees. Data offered to Fb may assist the platform improve automated detection filters to stop new posts, accounts and teams that violate wildlife insurance policies from forming.  

TRAFFIC continues to monitor the on-line wildlife commerce in Southeast Asia and goals to additional disrupt unlawful wildlife commerce on-line within the Philippines and different hotspot areas for wildlife trafficking. Stopping this commerce impacts legal earnings, blocks entry to consumers and reduces the potential commerce of threatened species. Stemming the demand for and entry to unlawful wildlife is a long-term technique to guard wildlife by making it extra difficult and costly to visitors on-line. 

Coalition to Finish Wildlife Trafficking On-line

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