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Facebook Tightens Policy Covering Gun Sales

Facebook updated its “Regulated Goods” policy to add firearms to the policy. The New York Times said the company was banning private sales of guns, calling it a move meant to clamp down on unlicensed gun transactions.

The newspaper quoted Facebook’s Monika Bickert statement in which she said, “Over the last two years, more and more people have been using Facebook to discover products and to buy and sell things to one another. We are continuing to develop, test and launch new products to make this experience even better for people and are updating our regulated goods policies to reflect this evolution.”

The Regulated Goods policy now states:

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“We prohibit any attempts by unauthorized dealers to purchase, sell, or trade prescription drugs, marijuana, or firearms. If you post an offer to purchase or sell alcohol, tobacco, or adult products, we expect you to comply with all applicable laws and carefully consider the audience for that content. We do not allow you to use Facebook’s payment tools to sell or purchase regulated goods on our platform.”

The Times said, “The ban applies to private, person-to-person sales of guns. Licensed gun dealers and gun clubs can still maintain Facebook pages and post on Instagram.”

You can find a link to the policy on the Facebook website.

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