Facebook is deleting evidence of war crimes, researchers say

On October 24th, 2020, an art trafficker in Darnah, Libya posted a series of unusual ads. For sale: a Greco-Roman statue, its marble bust covered in a toga. If it looked like it belonged in a museum, that’s because it did. The seller posted photos of the piece in private Facebook groups dedicated to trafficking antiques.

The black market for looted goods is flourishing on Facebook. While the company banned the sale of historical artifacts in June, many of the posts are in Arabic, and Facebook lacks the expertise to properly enforce its new policy.

Photo courtesy of Athar Project

When Facebook is able to identify groups that flout its guidelines, experts say the company simply deletes them, expunging crucial documentation for researchers studying stolen art. “This is critical evidence for repatriation efforts and war crimes,” says Katie Paul, co-director of the Athar Project. “Facebook has created a problem

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‘A true game-changer:’ New technology will help solve crimes faster, MBPD chief says

On Tuesday, Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock announced how the department will spend a recent grant from the Department of Justice.

They will use the $700 thousand grant to become a hub for NIBIN, the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network. 

“NIBIN is a way of determining how a firearm lived its life,” said Brian Mein, an Assistant Special Agent at The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). “Just as your fingerprints are to you, every single firearm leaves an individual marking on a shell casing that is unique and is like no other firearm. So we’re able to get that shell casing, image it and turn it into the database and we can cross-compare that data with other shootings.”

Mein said there are currently 228 NIBIN hubs across the country, with three of those in South Carolina. Two are in the Midlands and one is in the

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Hackers breach Trump campaign website, threaten to release ‘evidence’ of crimes

The Trump campaign’s website was briefly hacked late Tuesday, with the culprits posting a typo-riddled message on the site threatening to release “evidence” of the president’s “criminal involvement” in a supposed scheme to sway next week’s election.

The hackers, whose identity was not immediately known, only managed to crack into the Trump website’s “about” page. The rest of the website remained intact.

Within minutes of the breach being discovered, the Trump campaign took down the site, but not before some news organizations were able to screen-grab the ominous message.

“This site was seized,” the message claimed in bold text place underneath the insignias of the FBI and the Justice Department. “Multiple devices were compromised that gave full access to trump and relatives … we have evidence that completely discredits mr trump as a president. proving his criminal involvement and coorperation (sic) with foreign actors manipulating the 2020 elections.”

The missive

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