Facebook takes a stand on guns

Facebook is taking a stand on guns.

That’s nice, but they still seem to be okay with groups calling for the assassination of the president. But hey, baby steps.

Facebook announced Wednesday it will take steps to prevent illegal firearms sales across its platforms, following calls that the company increase oversight as an increasingly popular vehicle for gun sales. After Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America launched a petition that drew more than 230,000 supporters, Facebook began working with anti-gun violence advocates to develop its policy on firearms sales.

The new policy means Facebook will actively block buyers and sellers who do not intend to conduct background checks, prohibit users under age 18 from viewing gun sellers’ posts, and delete reported posts of potential sales across state lines. Facebook also will require gun pages, like Guns For Sale (which has 200,000 followers), to prominently explain that sellers and buyers must comply with local laws. Now, Facebook “will not permit people to post offers to sell regulated items that indicate a willingness to evade or help others evade the law.”