Facebook bans private sales of firearms

  • 30/01/2016

By Dustin Volz

Facebook says it will begin prohibiting users from co-ordinating private sales of firearms on the social network.

The move comes as the United States debates the issue of access to guns after a string of mass shootings.

It also updates Facebook's regulated goods policy, introduced in March 2014, that banned people from selling marijuana, pharmaceuticals and illegal drugs.

Facebook already prohibited private firearms sellers from advertising "no background check required," or offering transactions across state lines without a licensed dealer because the company said such posts indicated a willingness to evade the law.

Licensed retailers will still be able to advertise firearms on Facebook that lead to transactions outside of Facebook's service, a Facebook spokeswoman 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," she said.

"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."