Why Facebook is banning gun sales from site

by Bamzi Banchiri  |  published on January 31, 2016

Facebook is banning the sale of private guns on its social network, and the Instagram photo-sharing service, adding it to a list of already prohibited items including, marijuana, pharmaceuticals, and illegal drugs for sale.

The ban will apply to private, person-to-person sales of guns, and will not affect licensed gun dealers, gun clubs, or retailers who advertise on the site. The move is intended to cut down the transaction of unlicensed guns, the company announced on Friday.

“We will remove reported posts that explicitly indicate a specific attempt to evade or help others evade the law,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “For example, we will remove reported posts where the potential buyer or seller indicates they will not conduct a background check or are willing to sell across state lines without a licensed firearms dealer.”

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