Facebook “investigating” illegal Jersey tobacco-selling groups

From: Bailiwick Express

Facebook is now “investigating” illegal Jersey duty-free tobacco-selling groups used to make profit by circumventing strict tax rules after being accused of failing to act on previous requests from the States to close them down, Express has learned.

Both Customs and States officials contacted the social media giant last year to seek help in shutting the illicit buying and selling networks as part of a crackdown on duty-free tobacco smugglers, but said they received no response.



But an Express investigation last year revealed that rising impôts on tobacco, which had increased annually above the cost of living, had led thousands of islanders to frequent Facebook groups where duty-free smoking products can be bought and sold.

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