If the Barack Obama administration & states pressured Facebook, you can bet they are doing the same to other websites with gun sales. News of this strategy will likely increase sales at least in the short term. That’s the pattern when govt increases gun control – rather ironic.
Facebook confirmed the news to the NY Times on Friday evening. According to their report:
The ban applies to private, person-to-person sales of guns, though not to posts by licensed gun dealers. Facebook already prohibits people from offering marijuana, pharmaceuticals and illegal drugs for sale, and is updating its policy to include guns.
“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, in a statement. “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.”
In the past, Facebook took a move to limit pages, groups, or posts flagged as gun sales to an 18+ audience and sent a message to the person making the post urging them to follow all local, state and federal laws.
It is unclear what will happen to groups or pages that are dedicated to the private sale of firearms and what penalty systems will be in place for people who violate the new rules.
The Associated Press further clarified the policy:
Licensed gun retailers can still advertise their businesses on Facebook, but they aren’t allowed to accept orders or transact sales on the site.
Now that I think about it. How’s Facebook going to monitor or detect a firearm being sold? I could just go into a group be very vague about what I’m looking for, get someones contact info, and then it’s done.
Facebook is only going to shift the medium of gun sales. Lol the market always adapts to a new mediumSources: