Facebook Looks To Curb Illegal Gun Sales On Site

on Wednesday, Mar. 5th

Facebook has the singular goal of connecting everyone, everywhere. With connection comes commerce, so it should come as little surprise that you can arrange to buy all kinds of interesting thing from Pokemon cards to guns.

Wait, what?

That’s right: there’s all kinds of guns being sold on Facebook, usually by savvy traders looking to get around bureaucratic restrictions like those pesky background checks. Not so fast, Tex, says Sheriff Zuckerberg. The law’s the law online and off. Here’s how the ink stained wretches down at Ars Technica describe Facebook’s efforts to clean up the town:

Under its new rules, Facebook will respond to reports of a private firearm sale with a message to the seller that the sale needs to comply with the relevant laws and regulations. The site will also require Facebook pages that are “primarily used by people to promote the private sale of commonly regulated goods or services” to include a boilerplate about complying with laws, said Monica Bickert, head of global policy management at Facebook.

On the more pedestrian side of things: I know that folks in the trading card game community are using Facebook as an alternate to eBay. Why? The lack of fees. It’s enough to make one wonder just what is going on in the dark alleyways of Facebook.


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