Facebook, Instagram announce new measures to prevent illegal gun posts

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Facebook and Instagram announced Wednesday new education and enforcement polices for commercial activities on their social platforms.

According to a release from Facebook, the two popular social sites decided to introduce new measures to address the private sale of regulated items, like firearms, on their sites.

For the first time, the sites will remove reported posts offering to buy or sell guns without background checks, said Facebook.

Fackbook added that it will also block users under the age of 18 from seeing reported private firearms posts by individuals and pages.

Moms Demand Action, an advocacy group that promotes “gun sense in America,” said it applauds Facebook and Instagram’s efforts to prevent this type of commercial activity on their sites.

The Facebook announcement came after a month-long campaign led by Moms Demand Action, which generated more than 230,000 supporters asking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom to take action against the increasing number of illegal fun sales on the social media networks, according to a release issued from the advocacy group.

“Our campaign showed how easy it is for minors, felons and other dangerous people to get guns online,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “We are happy that these companies listened to American mothers and we believe these changes are a major step toward making sure people who buy or sell guns on their platforms know the law and follow it.”