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Austrian Chancellor accuses Facebook of aiding human traffickers

Austria's Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) has asked Facebook to act against human traffickers and illegal human smugglers on the social network.

Published: December 29, 2018, 9:56 am

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    “Our goal must be to tackle thugs on social media and smash their business model,” he told the Bild newspaper.

    The background is a report from the newspaper, according to which refugees bought travel documents on Facebook from other users on the platform with residence permits in Europe. In closed groups with up to several thousand members on the online platform, pro-migration EU residents offered their documents to illegal migrants.

    Kurz stressed that the company had a duty to do something about it, but the group said in response that users could report content that they found objectionable or offensive. Only then would appropriate action be taken.

    The Austrian leader also said that it would be better if young Africans stayed in their countries and did not make their way to Europe. During his tour across the continent, African leaders advised Kurz to end the policy of open borders in Europe.

    African leaders complained that the policy motivated the youth to make the journey in the first place.

    The ÖVP politician has vowed to step up the protection of the external borders during his term of the EU Council Presidency. He is considered to be a critic of the open-border policy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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