Inuit crafters continue to be blocked on Facebook for selling sealskin – Nunatsiaq News

Inuit crafters continue to be blocked on Facebook for selling sealskin – Nunatsiaq News

30 DECEMBER 2019 – 1:30 PM EST

By Dustin Patar

“For Manitok Thompson, a long-time Inuit crafter and former Nunavut MLA, Facebook is an essential way to get her products into the hands of customers across the North and around the world.

But she says she’s frustrated by the social media giant’s decision, since August, to block posts intended to sell crafts made from sealskin and other animal products.

In total, she figures that well over 40 of her items, everything from sealskin mitts to mink-lined hats, have been rejected by Facebook for failing to meet its commerce policies.

“It’s been very, very frustrating,” said Thompson.

“We’re not doing anything criminal, all these [animals] are harvested legally.”

The issue of Facebook rejecting sealskin or fur-based items isn’t new.

In May 2018, Facebook removed a listing for a sealskin hat but then later admitted that its removal was a mistake.”

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