THE OBAMA EFFECT: Facebook To Ban Private Gun Sales on Its Site and Instagram

30facebook-web1alt-master675This is what happens when people who know nothing about guns make the rules regarding them.

Facebook is banning private sales of guns on its flagship social network and on its Instagram photo-sharing service, the company said late Friday.

President Obama, state attorneys general and gun safety groups had increased pressure on the company to stop the flow of Facebook posts and Instagram messages offering guns for sale, often without background checks.

Although Facebook has never been directly involved in gun sales, it has served as a forum for gun sales to be negotiated.

Read more: NY Times

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