Facebook and Instagram Shutdown Illegal Online Gun Sales.
Facebook has recently teamed up with Instagram to try and take down people who have been selling guns on both social networking sites. The social network will be blocking any member who is under the age of 18 years old from viewing any pages or timeline post that have been reported to involve any private gun sales and will be setting up and online “checkpoints” that shall warn people of such deals being illegal.
“We will not permit people to post offers to sell regulated items that indicate a willingness to evade or help others evade the law,” Facebook head of global policy management Monika Bickert said in a blog post.
Social Media Responsibility
Anyone who is offering to sell guns on Facebook will not be allowed to indicate that background checks will not be necessary or that deals will be done across the state line without involving a licensed firearms dealer, Bickert commented. The California-based company has also mention its has recently been in talks with New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman and advocacy group to revise the policies to fight illegal fun sales.
“Responsible social media sites know that it is in no one’s interest for their sites to become a 21st century black market in dangerous and illegal goods that place our families and communities at risk,” Schneiderman said in a statement praising Facebook’s move.
Both Facebook and Instagram, will be removing any content that represents a “direct, credible risk” to users and will be notifying law enforcement when its deemed appropriate, according to Brickert.
“By taking these unprecedented educational and enforcement steps, we’ve been able to strike an important balance in helping people express themselves, while promoting a safe and responsible community,” she added