Facebook, Instagram block unlicensed gun sales

Both Facebook and its photosharing site Instagram have banned used from coordinating person-to-person private sales of firearms.

Facebook, Instagram block unlicensed gun sales

World Bulletin / News Desk

Facebook has banned people using the social network for unlicensed gun sales after pressure from anti-gun violence groups alarmed over the ease with which firearms are sold online in the United States.

Although Facebook and its Instagram photo-sharing service do not participate in outright gun sales, the sites have been a forum for negotiations.

The California-based social network on Friday updated its policy for managing regulated goods to prohibit people who aren't gun dealers from using Facebook to offer guns for sale or negotiate private sales of firearms.

"Over the last two years, more and more people have been using Facebook to discover products and to buy and sell things to one another," Facebook head of product policy Monika Bickert said in an email response to AFP.

The policy change, however, will not affect licensed gun dealers who tout their wares on the social network, which is used by 1.59 billion people monthly.

Facebook has similar restrictions on regulated goods such as prescription and illegal drugs. Facebook and Instagram in 2014 restricted posts about buying or selling guns to users 18 years of age or older.

The social network has been under political pressure in the United States to prevent posts that could result in people sidestepping gun-buying laws or background checks.

Gun control groups -- some of which have been pressuring Facebook for years to tighten firearms sales on the site -- were jubilant about the policy change.


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