Sep 23, 2021

Apple threatened Facebook ban over slavery posts on Instagram

Apple threatened to remove Facebook's products from its App Store, after the BBC found domestic "Slaves" for sale on apps, including Instagram, in 2019.The threat was revealed in the Wall Street Journal's Facebook Files, a series of reports based on its viewing of internal Facebook documents. The WSJ reported that following the BBC investigation, Apple told Facebook to do more to tackle human trafficking. In the report, a Facebook researcher writes: "Was this issue known to Facebook before BBC inquiry and Apple escalation?"Yes. After the 2019 BBC report, Facebook banned the main hashtag used for the trade and removed hundreds of accounts from Instagram. Following the concerns raised by the BBC and Apple in 2019, Facebook "began moving faster", the WSJ said.

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