“Accessing and evaluating information through channels such as Facebook could mean the difference between life and death.” PEOPLE smugglers who offer to illegally transport people into Europe are advertising their services openly on Facebook, researchers have found. Picture and video testimonials from successful migrants are posted on social media as smuggling operations compete to be seen as the safest way to enter Europe. Researchers are using this information to analyse the networks behind people smuggling operations in the Mediterranean. Syrian communities displaced by the civil war are especially close users of Facebook. The country had a functional education system before the war and Syrian migrants have on average a higher level of education and digital literacy.…