Facebook has started to take action against using its Facebook and Instagram platforms for sale of illegal firearms.
A recent campaign had urged Facebook to take measure to control the sale of illegal firearms on Facebook. They pointed out a case in which a 15 year old boy was able to buy a gun using Facebook.
In response, Facebook has rolled out certain measures aimed at preventing sale of weapons on its website. First of all, the owners of pages promoting sales of regulated items will have to put up a statement on their pages that the users must comply with applicable laws. Similarly sellers of firearms will not be able to write “no background check”. Private firearms sellers will also not be allowed to promote sale of guns across states without involving a licensed arms dealer.
Facebook users under the age of 18 will not be able to view certain Facebook pages. And Facebook will also send information to those users who will search firearms on its photo-sharing service Instagram. It is likely that the information will be about warning them to be in compliance with the gun laws of the relevant state.