On 1 July, an article in Foreign Affairs said that Facebook has announced that it had updated its community standards to include a ban on “content that attempts to buy, sell, trade, donate, gift or solicit historical artifacts”.  It is said that this comes in response to calls of alarm from archaeologists and terrorism experts over the illegal trade in looted Middle Eastern antiquities that has flourished on the platform in recent years. It is argued that Facebook has unknowingly helped make antiquities trafficking an increasingly important source of funding for terrorist groups. Facebook has said that it will remove from its platform any content that violates its new rules – but due to data privacy concerns, it does not intend to preserve any of the removed content. The article criticises this, saying that evidence (photos, for example) could thereby be lost, and saying that war crimes against cultural property are difficult to prosecute. It wasn’t until 2016 that the first case built around the destruction of cultural heritage





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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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