Facebook has long struggled with its content moderation policies, and unfortunately, that includes the things people sell on its platform. For instance, the company bans the private sale of firearms and ammunition on Marketplace — but that doesn’t mean shady gun sellers aren’t finding creative ways to skirt the rules. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal this week, some gun dealers are listing stickers with the logos of gun dealers for hundreds of dollars, and when contacted privately, they admit they’re actually selling firearms.
“Facebook takes action against anyone we catch trying to sell guns on our platform,” a company spokesperson told Business Insider. “We’ve removed listings that were flagged and will continue to investigate.”
However, this isn’t the first time that the social media giant has landed in hot water for not doing enough to stop the sale of guns. In August, the company announced that it removed 1.3 million pieces of firearms-related content between April and June, and last year, a group of Democratic senators banded together to press Facebook about what it’s doing to combat these illegal ads. Like with most of Facebook’s problems, it needs to do significantly more to stamp out this issue before it becomes any more serious.
The Choice of Tech Experts Worldwide. Try 90 days free of Bitdefender and experience the highest level of digital safety.
Private Internet Access is an award-winning, cost-effective VPN solution. The use of an anonymous and trusted VPN is essential to your online privacy, security and identity protection.