Yesterday, January 29, 2016, the social network website Facebook updated its policy to stop its individual users from using the website to legally coordinate the sale of their firearm to another individual. Facebook does not directly sell guns; however, acts as an online forum where sellers are able to match up with buyers. The new policy will continue to allow advertising of firearms with some restrictions. The new policy will affect sales of firearms as the social media site continues to expand its payment services for products seen on the website.
Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of product policy, said in a statement yesterday, “Over the last two years, more and more people have been using Facebook to discover products and to buy and sell things to one another. We are continuing to develop, test and launch new products to make this experience even better for people and are updating our regulated-goods policies to reflect this evolution.”
At a time when Gun Owners of America questions the constitutionality of background checks for gun sales, there is a strong media bias in favor of increased gun control even though the science proves we should get back in line with the Second Amendment. Increased background checks have not done what proponents have suggested would happen, but the mainstream media continually twists the facts to sensationalize a false narrative to the American public. The main proponent of increased gun control has been with regard to mass shootings in America. These mass shooting have virtually happened in gun free zones, yet politicians continue their reluctance to decrease the number of gun free zones to make public property safer for their constituents.
Private gun sales are completely legal in most parts of the country (including Florida) which has many wondering why Facebook would change its policy. What other legal products will Facebook move to take similar action? The change in policy also affects Facebook-owned Instagram.
Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and head of Facebook, is hard to pin down politically. Some view him as a liberal, some see him as a conservative and yet others would consider him a libertarian. He has given his support to a wide range of causes from across the political map. Zuckerberg has certainly been receiving strong pressure from gun control groups and President Obama to stop advertising guns and facilitating their purchase through Facebook.