>> Chicago Police, on Thursday, slamming Facebook for not doing more to prevent illicit gun sales on its platform. Following a 10-month investigation, law enforcement officials arrested 50 people who they say used secret groups on Facebook to sell guns and drugs.>> Facebook has an obligation not just to the City of Chicago, but across this country.
That's a billion dollar industry, certainly they can spend a little money to ensure that these types of things don't make it happen.>> There's other illegal activities that are going on Facebook. We're looking at potentially human trafficking, things of that nature as well. If any other organization was putting guns or allowing guns and drugs to be trafficked on to the streets of this city, I think we would take some action.
I think the citizens expect us takes some action.>> In an emailed statement, Facebook said quote, we are investigating this report now as it is the first time we have been alerted to it. The latest criticism from the Chicago police comes as the social media giant faces mounting criticism that it's platform was manipulated to influence the 2016 US Presidential election.
Chicago Police said since the confidential informant alerted investigators about the alleged criminal trade on Facebook in February, 17. Different types of drugs were sold and 18 different illegal firearms were purchased. And among the arrested was an elementary school teacher who was taken into custody at his Chicago school in possession of scales used for weighing drugs.
>> What the hell is going on in Chicago?>> Chicago has been singled out by President Donald Trump as one of the most violent US cities, with over 700 murders in 2016.