Facebook, Instagram Will Ban Private Gun Sales on Sites

facebooksFacebook and Instagram are going to ban users’ ability to organize private gun sales online.

According to The New York Times, Facebook already has guidelines against drug sales, but is now saying they’re going to prevent private gun sales between individuals (though not from licensed gun dealers).

Facebook’s head of product policy, Monika Bickert, said in a statement, “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. We are continuing to develop, test and launch new products to make this experience even better for people and are updating our regulated goods policies to reflect this evolution.”

Back in 2014, both sites rolled out rules that would restrict posts about private gun sales to users only 18 or older. They said they wouldn’t “permit people to post offers to sell regulated items that indicate a willingness to evade or help others evade the law.”

It appears now they’re taking a harder stance against such sales.

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