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Facebook gun policy: Crackdown coming on gun posts, sales

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A large number of Facebook users have not been happy with the gun policy that the popular social media site had in place. With that, Facebook listened to its users and has decided to change things up as they're cracking down on gun posts and sales, per the USA Today on March 5, 2014.

On Wednesday, Facebook implemented a new set of rules for users that wish to sell guns on the site and for posting pics to Instagram as well.

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Any posts made that thwart gun laws will be removed by Facebook. Secondly, minors will be totally restricted from pages that sell or trade firearms on Facebook. The site is also going to raise awareness to vendors that law regulates weapons in particular areas of the country.

“When people connect through our services, we want them to be able to communicate freely,” said Monika Bickert, leader of global policy management at Facebook, during a press call on Wednesday. “We also want them to be in a safe and responsible environment.”

While Facebook employees are going to be monitoring content on the site, they hope that users will still flag unsavory posts and give them a bit of a hand. Law enforcement officials and advocacy groups will have a certain pipeline to report any sort of illegal activity on Facebook.

Groups such as Moms Demand Action for Fun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns have been lobbying for these sorts of changes to the social media giant.

With the changes, Facebook won't just monitor paid ads now, but all content. Paid ads cannot promote weapons whatsoever.

Facebook won't just crack down on gun content either, but they will monitoring the promotion of a number of other restricted items such as adult products, drugs, and alcohol. Flagged posts by users will be looked at and then could possibly be removed.

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