Whether it is legal or illegal, Facebook would be banning the coordination of private firearm sales on its network which include also Instagram. Based on a report of Reuters and The New York Times. As a matter of fact, this new policy is said to be a means of tightening policies around guns. Although such could be done in a private message from a user to another but the conduction would be strictly forbidden at the homepage (Newsfeed) but funny enough, if you are a licensed gun dealer, the rule wouldn’t apply to you and so you’ll be permitted to continue with your transaction on the Network.
The restriction of firearms from both Instagram and Facebook had started back in the 2014 but it was merely by limiting posts discussing the sales of firearms to users over the age of 18 and both the one selling and the one buying were to adhere to their state and local laws concerning the sales of such.
“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 said at the tine. Here’s how it worked before the hard ban:
Any posts reported to Facebook that do reference the private sale of guns will be restricted to viewers who have told the social network they are 18 or older, and the authors of such posts will be warned via a message to
“comply with relevant laws and regulations.” Pages that Facebook classes as “primarily used by people to promote the private sale of commonly regulated goods or services” will now need to include language that “clearly reminds people of the importance of understanding and complying with relevant laws and regulations,” and will only be open to users who have indicated they are over 18.
Although its impossible for a total purchase of firearm via Facebook, the thought is still that the company wants to distance itself away from anything about firearms whether private or public.
“If true, the decision will likely draw the ire of the National Rifle Association and gun owners.”
Although the word “Gun” was never mentioned by Facebook rather the usage of words like firearm would definitely cover a lot better still, which ever type, Its a total NO from FB.
Online marketplaces like Craigslist do not permit gun sales, and ad networks like Google‘s AdWords also forbid advertisers from promoting dangerous weapons.
Sources: The Verge, Reuters, The New York Times