Facebook is once again making changes, but this time it’s taking aim at gun-related posts.
The social media company announced Wednesday it will soon block minors from seeing posts pertaining to gun sales, while also removing sales that would cross state lines or that don’t require a background check. (Via Facebook)
Quoted by USA Today, the chairman of Mayors Against Illegal Guns said, "On the same site that people are sharing birthday parties and family reunions, there are photos of AK-47s. This is not in the bowels of Facebook. This is upfront, center and easy to access."
For their part, gun-selling pages on Facebook have attempted to counter the gun control push — even posting their own petitions — which argue that the policy infringes on First and Second Amendment rights. (Via Facebook / Guns For Sale, Change.org)
There has been some evidence that gun sales on Facebook may be a problem though.
And as VentureBeat reports, it was able to arrange an illegal gun sale on Facebook in just 15 minutes during an investigation earlier this year.
The change in policy will also affect Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. It’s set to go into effect in the next few weeks.