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Attorney general, gun safety groups partner with Facebook and Instagram to curb illegal gun sales online

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joined Facebook, Instagram and leading gun safety organizations in announcing new policies that will help the world’s largest social networking service and owner of the most popular photo-sharing platform curb illegal sales of firearms on those platforms.
After an extensive review by the Office of the Attorney General and discussions with gun safety organizations, Facebook today introduced a series of educational and enforcement efforts for people discussing the private sale of firearms. Specifically, Facebook and Instagram agreed to remove reported user posts that seek to circumvent gun laws, take action to prevent minors from viewing posts that aim to sell firearms, and provide education to better inform law-abiding private sellers of guns.
 
“I applaud Facebook and Instagram for taking the lead in helping avoid illegal gun sales on these increasingly ubiquitous platforms,” said Schneiderman. “Responsible social media sites know that it is in no one’s interest for their sites to become a 21st century black market in dangerous and illegal goods that place our families and communities at risk. I congratulate Facebook and Instagram for taking these simple, common-sense steps to protect the safety and security of their users, and encourage other social media sites to follow their lead.”
 
Monika Bickert, Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management, said, “By taking these unprecedented educational and enforcement steps, we’ve been able to strike an important balance in helping people express themselves, while promoting a safe and responsible community.”