Social media’s radical Islam problem got a little bit worse Monday when the BBC released a damning report accusing Facebook-owned Instagram of hosting an online market for female slaves.
“An undercover investigation by BBC News Arabic has found that domestic workers are being illegally bought and sold online in a booming black market,” BBC said. “Some of the trade has been carried out on Facebook-owned Instagram, where posts have been promoted via algorithm-boosted hashtags, and sales negotiated via private messages.”
Some listings for female Islamic slaves have also appeared on the Google Play Store, as well as the Apple iOS App Store, the report claimed.
Facebook reportedly said it removed one relevant hashtag upon learning of the slave trade on its platform, but BBC said that related listings are still available on Instagram, and on other App Store and Google Play Store applications.
BBC ran its sting report in Kuwait, where it says nine out of 10 households have a “domestic worker.” Such workers come from “some of the poorest parts of the world” in hopes of making money to send back home to their families.
The news organization used an app called 4sale and posed as a young Kuwaiti couple looking for a “domestic worker.” What BBC found were appalling human rights abuses:
The sellers almost all advocated confiscating the women’s passports, confining them to the house, denying them any time off and giving them little or no access to a phone.
The 4Sale app allowed you to filter by race, with different price brackets clearly on offer, according to category.
“African worker, clean and smiley,” said one listing. Another: “Nepalese who dares to ask for a day off.”
When speaking to the sellers, the undercover team frequently heard racist language. “Indians are the dirtiest,” said one, describing a woman being advertised.
According to the report, purchasing a female “maid” is doable with just $2000. It noted that Kuwaiti women fear leaving their homes at the risk of being sold into slavery like the foreign women.
One thing is certain: social media has a radical Islam problem. As we reported Monday, Twitter finally got around to banning Islamic extremist accounts related to terror groups Hezbollah and HAMAS years after it deemed it necessary to remove Western conservatives for harboring extreme views. Despite that, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which in some countries is a designated terror organization, still operates freely on the microblogging platform.
Many social media sites have also become a tool for Islamic recruitment, most recently TIkTok.
“The Wall Street Journal says social media monitoring agency Storyful recently identified around two dozen ISIS-related accounts, all of which have since been removed. The accounts posted videos aimed at recruiting followers and bolstering support for the terrorist group — featuring Islamic State anthems and footage of corpses and ISIS fighters,” according to The Verge.
We also reported recently on Facebook’s auto-generation of pages that glorify al-Qaeda and ISIS, and help the terrorist organizations recruit new members.
One might think that social media companies would focus on shutting down modern day slave trades and radical Islamists before Western conservatives, but apparently they think conservatives are more dangerous.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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