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  1. Seongnam, S. Korea
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    29 Dec '18 03:03
    Good thing they took the Proud Boys off, though.

    "Facebook has been criticised for allowing a 16-year-old child bride in South Sudan to be auctioned off to the highest bidder on its platform.

    Key points:
    The 16-year-old girl became the winning bidder's ninth wife
    Critics likened the Facebook auction to "latter-day slave markets"
    Child marriage is illegal in South Sudan but remains widespread
    Her father received 500 cows, two luxury cars, two bikes, a boat, some mobile phones and $13,800 in exchange for his daughter.

    It is the largest dowry ever paid in the civil war-torn country, according to the Government.

    Five men bid on the girl, including high-ranking South Sudanese government officials, according to children's rights organisation Plan International.

    The post advertising the girl was first shared on October 25, but it took Facebook until November 9 to remove the post — six days after she was married off to the winning bidder.

    She became the man's ninth wife.

    George Otim, country director of Plan International South Sudan, likened the auction to slave markets and slammed Facebook for allowing it to take place on the company's platform.

    "This barbaric use of technology is reminiscent of latter-day slave markets," he said.

    "That a girl could be sold for marriage on the world's biggest social networking site in this day and age is beyond belief."

    Mr Otim called on South Sudan's Government to investigate and suspend officials who took part in the bidding, while also encouraging girls who were forced into marriage to report their case to the police."

    https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-22/facebook-slammed-over-child-marriage-auction-in-south-sudan/10518232?pfmredir=sm
  2. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    29 Dec '18 05:00
    @Philokalia
    I wonder what your motivation in posting this is?
  3. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    @philokalia said
    Her father received 500 cows, two luxury cars, two bikes, a boat, some mobile phones and $13,800 in exchange for his daughter.

    Five men bid on the girl, including high-ranking South Sudanese government officials, according to children's rights organisation Plan International.
    There is no doubt that there was an "auction" on facebook.
    Was it legit?

    All the articles I could find cite Reuters as their source.
    Reuters cites Plan International as their source.
    Plan International on their website say "reportedly" ... giving no source.

    The government have been asked to investigate by Plan International.
    I could find no government statement concerning it.

    Given that most media seem to be avoiding this
    story I would assume it is pretty much unverified.
  4. SubscriberSuzianne
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    29 Dec '18 05:19
    @wolfgang59

    Just another piece of the Republican Fear Agenda.
  5. SubscriberWajoma
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    29 Dec '18 06:47
    @suzianne said
    @wolfgang59

    Just another piece of the Republican Fear Agenda.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/

    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation suzi?
  6. Seongnam, S. Korea
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    29 Dec '18 08:11
    I find the story to be interesting. That's why I post it. It also involves technology and social media Network that we're all familiar with.

    Ensure, it highlights how bad life can be in other places and how modernization does not always meet that the attitudes of the people are modernized along with it.

    I find a kind of interesting that people are trying to debunk it. It's also pretty fabulous that Reuters is being listed as if it is somehow suspect when it is like a defect Dome objective news organization. Well, at least his objective as you normally would expect. Vanilla, tasteless.
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    29 Dec '18 11:21
    @wajoma said
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/

    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation suzi?
    Uh... where is it on your link?
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    @philokalia said
    Good thing they took the Proud Boys off, though.

    "Facebook has been criticised for allowing a 16-year-old child bride in South Sudan to be auctioned off to the highest bidder on its platform.

    Key points:
    The 16-year-old girl became the winning bidder's ninth wife
    Critics likened the Facebook auction to "latter-day slave markets"
    Child marriage is illegal in South ...[text shortened]... .au/news/2018-11-22/facebook-slammed-over-child-marriage-auction-in-south-sudan/10518232?pfmredir=sm
    The auction wasn’t on facebook.
    There was an advertisement for the auction on facebook which wasn’t immedietly removed.
  9. SubscriberWajoma
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    @shavixmir said
    Uh... where is it on your link?
    That was the source given in the OP.

    Suzi thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is a 'Republican Fear Agenda'.

    Suzi logic 🙄
  10. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    @wajoma said
    That was the source given in the OP.

    Suzi thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is a 'Republican Fear Agenda'.

    Suzi logic 🙄
    She wasn't.
    Seems obvious she is referring to the source of the story.
    (Which remains unknown)
  11. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    29 Dec '18 20:14
    @philokalia said
    I find a kind of interesting that people are trying to debunk it. It's also pretty fabulous that Reuters is being listed as if it is somehow suspect
    Don't be silly.
    Reuters as a respected news agency gave their source.
    I then went to the source which DOES NOT CITE THEIR SOURCE.

    It's called fact-checking.
    Unfortunately one has to do this in this Age of Lies.
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