Facebook, Instagram to Delete Posts Selling Illegal Guns

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Facebook agreed to remove posts that involve illegal buying or selling of deadly weapons.

It issued a new policy that allows only its members to list weapons such as an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle as long as it was not offered for sales, especially in several states where such transactions is considered not legal.

Should one attempts to buy or sell in these areas, they will have to undergo a background check.  In case they refused to do so, Facebook has a right to take down the post.

The new policy is in compliance with laws around the US, particular those of 16 states that include New York.

The social networking site made an agreement following calls from the gun-control advocates. The measure will also take effect to the company’s photo-sharing network Instagram in a few weeks time.

“We will remove reported posts that explicitly indicate a specific attempt to evade or help others evade the law,” Facebook said in a statement.

They also said Facebook will rely more on the reports from both users and law enforcement instead of just patrolling the entire network for violators.

Upon the movement, the social network joined the likes of Google Plus and Craigslist as the sites which prohibits all gun sales, as a response to the growing alarm which the Internet appears like a black-market for obtaining firearms.

However, the two mentioned sites imposed the total-banning of gun sales, even if its legal.

Calls regarding the matter have been pushed by several organizations such as Mayor Against Illegal Guns, which is fronted by former New York’s chief executive Michael Bloomberg, and Moms Demand Action, which has compiled around 230,000 signatures on its online petition.

The National Rifle Association commended Facebook on its new policy. Its executive director Chris Cox also said their members would still manage to make a platform upon exercising its “First Amendment” rights in support on their “Second Amendment” counterpart.

However, it’s New York affiliate, was alarmed as the movement might be used to trigger moves against the gun rights organizations.

“This is something that could greatly get out of control very quickly,” said Tom King, the NRA’s New York president.