Mar 15, 2019, 6:25 PM (2 days ago)
to me, Bryan
Thank you for reaching out and I hope you and Bryan are well.
None of these issues have easy fixes and we do a good deal of proactive screening outside of any requirements directed to us, but as you know, the bad actors are many and very persistent.
We work very closely with the Congressman and we are in constant conversations with him and his team about these issues and many others.
When you meet with his office, they will surely reach out to us with any follow-ups. In the mean time, we are still actively working to mitigate the occurrence of those activities on our platform.
On behalf of the broader team,
Facebook Public Policy "
The above is the response we received from Facebook’s Policy Advisor on behalf of the letter we sent on March 11, 2019, requesting a sit-down meeting with Bryan, I and Representative Kinzinger’s legislative staff.
This reply was not a surprise to us, nor is it anything we didn’t already know. We are fully aware that the “bad actors” or a more appropriate definition, criminals, monopolize the platforms and are very determined.
As the Facebook Policy Advisor mentioned, “we do a good deal of proactive screening outside of any requirements directed to us”. This statement may be true, but it’s apparent their definition of “screening” is simply not enough, and allowing accounts to remain, after reporting, that provide “how to’s” of money laundering, and the selling of the following: personal identification, fake forms of identification (driver’s license, passports), Facebook accounts, victim information such as addresses and credit card numbers along with scripts that coincide with the stolen photos, show that these noted attempts have significantly failed. Time for change.
This letter of response was forwarded to Representative Kinzinger’s Legislative Director that we are currently in contact with regarding the proposed amendment.
Now, will Mark Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg respond on behalf of the safety of their members? Where does the importance lie?