Facebook Allowed Family to Auction Off Daughter For Unimaginable Fate
However, despite Facebook's liberal lean, the social media titan allowed a family in South Sudan to auction off a 16-year-old girl as a child bride, in exchange for 500 cows, three cars, and $10,000.
The Hill's Emily Birnbaum reports:
The tech giant, which prohibits human trafficking on its platform, did not delete a post requesting dowry for the girl until she was already married, CNN reported. The post reportedly went up on Oct. 25 and was taken down two weeks later.
The girl, whose identity was unknown, was married on Nov. 3 and has now gone into hiding in South Sudan's capital, the information minister of the country's Eastern Lakes state said in a statement, according to Business Insider.
"Any form of human trafficking - whether posts, pages, ads or groups is not allowed on Facebook," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement, CNN noted. "We removed the post and permanently disabled the account belonging to the person who posted this to Facebook."
"We're always improving the methods we use to identify content that breaks our policies, including doubling our safety and security team to more than 30,000 and investing in technology," the spokesperson added.