Facebook and Instagram to ban users from coordinating private gun sales

Facebook will soon forbid users from coordinating private firearm sales using the social network,¬†according to Reuters and The New York Times. The move, which also extends to Instagram, is a dramatic statement from the company, which has already worked to tighten policies around guns. The new measure applies to public posts; Facebook won’t be scanning through your private messages to uncover gun sales. Also important: this doesn’t apply to posts from licensed gun dealers, which will continue to be permitted on the social network.

In 2014, Facebook and Instagram began¬†limiting posts discussing the sale of firearms to users over the age of 18; both services also urged buyers and sellers to comply with local laws. “We will not permit…

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