Migrants are being ‘lured to their deaths’ because Facebook is not shutting down trafficking pages, says police chief

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  • Migrants are losing their lives in the Mediterranean because Facebook is failing to shut down trafficking pages, according to one of Britain’s most senior police chiefs.
  • The National Crime Agency’s deputy director said Facebook has the technology to remove pages run by organised gangs, but is “not stepping up in the way we would want.”
  • Facebook said people-smuggling pages and groups violate its rules, and it is “always improving” the methods it uses to root out offenders.

One of Britain’s most senior police chiefs says migrants are being “lured to their death” because Facebook is failing to shut down trafficking pages.

Tom Dowdall, the deputy director of the National Crime Agency, pointed the finger of blame at Facebook after claiming that it has found more than 800 pages run by organised gangs, which ferry illegal immigrants across Europe on boats unfit for crossing oceans.

It remains a major problem in Europe, with the UN revealing last week that more than 1,500 refugees and migrants lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean in 2018 alone.

In an interview with The Evening Standard,

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