Digital companies have a responsibility to prevent criminal activity on their platforms. Many are starting to address the issue of wildlife cybercrime, for examplea Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online has been established and individual companies are taking action. Facebook bans the sale of all live animals on its platforms and Instagram has set up automatic alerts for searches which could promote wildlife trafficking.
However users are currently easily able to flout the rules and there is still a very long way to go. Your help is critical to discover and end these practices.
Social media companies and online marketplaces need to do more to ensure their platform is not being used to enable and promote content which is harmful to animals. JGI works with companies to help them understand how to do this and to remove/prevent harmful content from being shared in the future.
What can you do now to report harmful content online?
Facebook guidance on how to report material that breaches community standards or is of concern to you is here.