Gun sales on Facebook,the most famous social network, has been banned .It was also prohibited on its photo app Instagram on January 29, 2016.The new prohibitions will affect only private and person-to-person sales.Additionally,only licensed gun sellers will be allowed to advertise weapons for sale.
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,” said Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of product policy. “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.”
This new policy is a part of a larger policy prohibiting trade in marijuana, prescription pills and other illicit substances.And gun sales has now been added to the list.
It is said that Facebook’s decision is partly result of Obama administration’s push for tighter control on gun sales.
The White House is seeking to expand background checks for buyers and gun sales. And as you remember,in an emotion-filled speech Obama announced a series of executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence. The most controversial was Obama’s plan about some unregulated Internet gun sales.Anyone who is engaged in the business” of selling firearms must get a license and conduct background checks.
When it comes to what will change after this regulation,Facebook cannot stop all gun sales ,of course.But it will help the governments limit the gun sales.Its role is undeniable as a giant social platform for advertisements.It doesnt mean you will no longer spot a gun on your Facebook feeds.But you will only see the ones which belong to a licensed man.
Gun control advocacy groups are also satistifed with the new regulation and Facebook’s new announcement about gun sales.Shannon Watts ,founder of one of this kind of groups called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, expressed her ideas. “Two years ago, our campaign to get Facebook to change how their platforms host firearm sales resulted in nine new policies to curb children’s exposure to guns and to clarify state laws around selling and buying guns online.Our continued relationship with Facebook resulted in today’s even stronger stance, which will prevent dangerous people from getting guns and save American lives.”