According to foreign media reports, on October 24, 2020 local time, an art dealer in Darna, Libya, released a series of unusual advertisements. If you think the artwork looks like it’s in a museum, it’s because it’s actually. The seller posted a picture of the work in a private Facebook group dedicated to antique trading. On Facebook, the black market for looting is booming. < / P > < p > although the company banned the sale of historical relics in June, it still exists because the posts are Arabic and Facebook lacks the expertise to properly implement the new policy. < / P > < p > experts say that when Facebook can identify groups that flout its guidelines, the company will remove them and key documents needed by researchers studying stolen art. “Facebook created a problem that they didn’t turn into something they could contribute to, but made it worse,” says Katie Paul, CO director of the Ahar project < / P > < p > in fact, the significance of such an event goes far beyond art theft. Since 2014, looted antiques have been a major source of funding for terrorist organizations such as Isis. The Middle East is rich in cultural heritage, and the market for stolen goods is not as regulated as drug smuggling and arms sales. < / P > < p > the seller of the Greek Roman statue posted the ad on the Facebook group, which has 5000 to 18000 members. There, art dealers broadcast their looting live, teach each other tips for excavating still buried objects and finding buyers. Athar is currently monitoring 130 groups specializing in antique trading. < / P > < p > and in a post posted by an organization with 340000 members in Syria, the robbers found a mosaic. In a comment, Athar noted that one user said the mosaic should not be removed, while another responded with a smile: “died of national historical hunger.” < / P > < p > this problem is particularly serious in conflict prone areas, where trafficking in cultural relics is a war crime. “It’s outrageous and problematic,” said Samuel Hardy, a researcher on cultural heritage and conflict at the Norwegian Institute in Rome. “When Facebook collects evidence that people post on their own, we lose not only the ability to track cultural property and return it to the affected community, but also the hope of identifying and preventing criminals from profiting from it.” Global Tech