He says the false hope is causing Central American migrants to give up life savings and sometimes more for a chance at a better life. “From TikTok to Facebook, you name it, they’re using it,” Romero said. “All to get the word out that they can get people into the county. They’re spreading the word that the border is open.”
“People are desperate,” he said. “And you’re showing them, ‘hey the border’s open. For this much money, I can get you there safely.’ Which of course is a lie a majority of the time.” A recent investigation by the Tech Transparency Project (TTP) suggests that Facebook makes it easier for smugglers to attract asylum seekers by linking their searches to other smugglers.
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