Facebook and Instagram ban private gun sales

Facebook will be banning sales of guns on both its flagship service and on company-owned Instagram, site officials announced Friday

The updated policy will align more closely with the company's current regulations on advertisements and sales of regulated goods, a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable

The move — which some have interpreted as Facebook taking a stance in favor of gun control — comes after President Obama and other gun safety advocates put pressure to halt illegal sales and trades on the site, the New York Times reported

The ban specifically applies to person-to-person firearm sales, while licensed gun dealers will remain exempt under the new guidelines. The goal, it appears, is to curb sales that are conducted without background checks and public safety precautions Read more...

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