Facebook allows human smugglers to operate openly on the platform, says GOP Rep

Rep. Kat Cammack accuses Facebook of ‘openly’ allowing human smuggling content

A Republican congresswoman has accused Facebook of trying to ‘silence’ conservatives while allowing human smugglers and cartels to operate ‘openly’ on the platform.

Rep. Kat Cammack, a freshman legislator from Florida, made the allegations in a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, sharing Facebook posts that advertise illegal border crossing services.

‘Facebook’s role in the crisis at the border is urgent and must be addressed immediately,’ Cammack wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Fox News

In a statement to DailyMail.com, a Facebook spokesperson insisted: ‘We prohibit content that either offers or assists with human smuggling. We have removed the content highlighted to us that violates our policies.’ 

Posts on Facebook advertise services to cross the border into San Antonio

Another offers direct transport from Guatemala to Houston

Posts on Facebook advertise services to cross the border into San Antonio (left) and direct transport from Guatemala to Houston (right), charging thousands of dollars

CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen above. A Facebook spokesman insisted: 'We prohibit content that either offers or assists with human smuggling.'

CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen above. A Facebook spokesman insisted: ‘We prohibit content that either offers or assists with human smuggling.’

Cammack said that she found the Facebook posts advertising services to help migrants illegally cross the border through a simple search on her own.

One post advertises a ‘Safe crossing to the UNITED STATES’ for $6,000. ‘Through the Piedras Negras border to get to SAN ANTONIO More details via telephone,’ the ad reads in Spanish.

Another post advertises a $9,300 all-inclusive service that includes a bus pickup in Guatemala and direct transport to Houston.

‘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 in her letter. 

‘It is unacceptable for an American company to allow a criminal enterprise to use your platform to freely encourage and facilitate criminal activity,’ she wrote. 

In the letter, Cammack reiterated the complaint, frequently made by conservatives, that ‘Facebook and other social media platforms actively silence conservatives and ‘shadow ban’ individuals with views that are not supported by employees of your company.’ 

Rep. Kat Cammack, a freshman legislator from Florida, made the allegations in a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday

Rep. Kat Cammack, a freshman legislator from Florida, made the allegations in a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday

Lawmakers across the political spectrum have raised concerns about the power of Facebook and other social media companies, many calling for new regulations and some calling for breakups of Big Tech.

Last month, Cammack joined a Republican Congressional delegation to the border near McAllen, Texas amid a massive surge in illegal border crossings that has overwhelmed the Biden administration.

‘This is a humanitarian crisis,’ Cammack told Fox News after the visit. ‘I can’t even in good conscience call President Biden president, I have to call him ‘trafficker-in-chief’ because these kids are being trafficked.’

In March, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 172,331 encounters with migrants attempting to cross the southern border illegally, a 400 percent increase from last year and 66 percent bump from the same month in 2019.

Cammack has expressed a hard line on the border crisis, previously calling Biden 'trafficker in chief' after visiting the border in Texas last month

Cammack has expressed a hard line on the border crisis, previously calling Biden ‘trafficker in chief’ after visiting the border in Texas last month

Migrants cross the Rio Grande River at the border with Mexico in Roma, Texas on Wednesday

Migrants cross the Rio Grande River at the border with Mexico in Roma, Texas on Wednesday

March also saw the most migrant children crossing the border in history, with 18,890 unaccompanied minors being taken into cramped shelters. The previous record was around 11,000 back in May 2019. 

‘When you have 20,000 children in custody and the border patrol agents are stretched thin to the max and we’re watching cartel members taunt our border patrol agents as they’re sending these children under six years old across the river by themselves, this is a humanitarian crisis of epic proportion,’ Cammack said last month. 

Vice President Kamala Harris said on Wednesday she will travel to Guatemala and Mexico next month, after being tasked to spearhead the Biden administration’s efforts to deal with the southern border surge. 

Zuckerberg DOUBLES size of Hawaii empire after spending $53m on 600 acres of beachfront land

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have almost doubled the size of their estate in Hawaii, purchasing a neighboring 600 acre plot for $53 million in a move likely to further enrage his island critics.

The Facebook founder, who began buying up chunks of the island in September 2014, added the additional land on March 19, according to Pacific Business News.

Kauai is the fourth largest of Hawaii’s eight main islands, and home to 67,000 people.

Zuckerberg, 36, and his wife expanded their Hawaii estate in March

The pair already own the land above Pilaa Beach, on the north shore of Kauai

The pair already own the land above Pilaa Beach, on the north shore of Kauai

The north shore land, which includes the spectacular Larsen’s Beach, was bought from a nonprofit organization established by a local family, whose roots, the paper reported, go back to the days of the Hawaiian kingdom.

Abner and Lucy Wilcox, a missionary couple, arrived from Connecticut in 1837 – when Hawaii was still a monarchy.

The monarchy would remain in power until January 1895, and the territory was then annexed by the U.S.

The Wilcoxes ran a school, which would pass down through the generations.

In 1975 the Waioli Corporation took over the management of the land, and the trustees sold part of their property to the Zuckerberg-Chan family.

Waioli operates federal and state historic places across the island, including Waioli Mission House Museum and the Mahamoku Beach Residence in Hanalei, and Grove Farm Museum in Lihu‘e, as well as plantation-era steam locomotives in its collection. 

The couple said in a statement that they plan to continue the work that the Waioli Corporation has done to conserve the land known as Lepeuli, which is home to pristine reefs and forests, providing habitat for native birds and plants.

The Facebook founder has vowed to preserve the pristine island landscape

The Facebook founder has vowed to preserve the pristine island landscape

Zuckerberg and Chan with their daughter Max, in a photo posted on December 11, 2020

Zuckerberg and Chan with their daughter Max, in a photo posted on December 11, 2020

Mindful of previous criticism, they will also keep the lease with the current tenant, Paradise Ranch.

‘Waioli does essential work promoting conservation and cultural preservation and we are mindful of their legacy with regard to this land,’ Chan and Zuckerberg said.

‘We are committed to honoring the current ranching lease to Paradise Ranch and extending the existing agricultural dedication.

‘We have been working closely with a number of community partners to promote conservation, produce sustainable agriculture and protect native wildlife at our ranch and in the surrounding areas and look forward to extending that effort to Lepeuli in the months ahead.’

Zuckerberg and Chan, worth an estimated $117 billion according to Forbes, have faced resistance to their spending spree in the past.

The California-based couple bought their first 357-acre chunk of the island in September 2014, purchasing the Kahuaina Plantation from California investment firm Falko Partners.

The couple, who also own properties in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Lake Tahoe, then bought 384 acres from the late Hawaii auto dealer James Pflueger.

In 2018 they bought yet more, meaning their landholdings total nearly 750 acres, according to local media.

His entities also acquired titles to dozens of smaller lots within the larger parcels that were known as ‘Kuleana Lands’ – land granted to Kanaka Maoli tenant farmers between 1850 and 1855.

Zuckerberg was accused by some of trying to force the tenant farmers from their historic plots, and in 2017 he apologized in the local newspaper, explaining that he was abandoning his quiet title actions and would ‘work together with the community on a new approach’.

A petition was begun last year to ‘stop Mark Zuckerberg from colonizing Kauai’, and now has more than a million signatures.

The nonprofit, however, said they were delighted with the latest sale to their multibillionaire neighbor.

‘The decision provides Waioli with the financial ability to be able to continue our critical conservation and historical work and ensure that Kauai’s cultural history continues to be shared in the community for years to come,’ said Sam Pratt, president of Waipoli Corporation, in a statement.

He said the organization chose Chan and Zuckerberg after seeing their ‘dedication over the years to land conservation, protecting native species and working to preserve the natural beauty of Kauai.’

‘We know that this land will remain in their trusted hands and that Mark and Priscilla will act as responsible stewards of Lepeuli today and in the future,’ he said.