Facebook Places Product Ads About Genocide and Profits

Facebook ad revenue tied to Chinese company profiting from genocide.

As of March 21, Beijing-based YSG Human Hair Products Trading Co. was still selling ads through Facebook and admitted that the products were from the Uyghur community. An Italian source provided screenshots of conversations with the company, which informed customers it was located in Hong Kong, but the location on its page and its name indicated it was on the mainland. The screenshot shows the source posing as a customer asking YSG if the goods are Uyghur-related, to which YSG responded that the real hair products originate from the long hair of the Uyghur people.

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Yet women’s long hair has a high value in Uyghur Culture and is not usually willingly donated or sold, so the hair products sold are almost certainly the product of their ongoing persecution.

Several other sources also confirmed that similar companies “recommended” by Facebook appear to be selling Uighur hair and targeting Western European and American female customers with ads. The sources said that when they search for “real hair extensions” or “real hair wigs,” similar ads will start appearing on their Facebook pages. The content is the same, only the company name is different.

According to a report published by Statista, by last year, “more than 97.9 percent of Facebook’s global revenue came from advertising, nearly $86 billion to date. Not only does Facebook generate revenue from purchased ads, but it also requires strict oversight and approval of all such ads.

On March 16, Facebook also announced in a new “Human Rights Policy Commitment” that “our goal is for Facebook to be a place where equality, safety, dignity and freedom of expression are upheld, and where systems are built to respect human rights, as guided by the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). “

Last August, U.S. CPB Customs and Border Protection seized more than 13 tons of real hair products exported from the western province of Xinjiang. The shipment represented the hair of approximately 90,000 women who were being held in ‘re-Education camps,'” the investigation report said. Although euphemistically labeled ‘Mongolian’ in Chinese catalogs, the long, peculiar hair, often dark chestnut brown in color with red highlights, was actually manufactured by shaving hair from the heads of Uighur, Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Hui women. The Trump administration has since responded quickly by imposing strict sanctions on companies and officials associated with the Chinese Communist Party.