Facebook might be the “platform” where some of the zanier things have happened in the past, such as a man losing $80,000 because of a Facebook update by his daughter, and the social network could also be a platform where illegal gun sales are planned. Having said that, the social network giant intends to crack down on such planned illegal gun sales in a move that will hopefully prevent criminal activity while setting a precedent that other social media sites ought to follow. Basically, Facebook will delete posts whenever there are users who seem to be headed down the slippery path of breaking the law, and this would include selling a gun without running a background check or to transport it across U.S. state lines.
Basically, folks who promote the private sales of guns as well as other kinds of regulated goods and services such as illegal drugs, tobacco products, and prescription pharmaceuticals could very well be on the receiving end of a message from Facebook which will gently remind them that the social network ain’t no Wild Wild West, and there are laws which one ought to adhere to.
Facebook mentioned, “This is one of many areas where we face a difficult challenge balancing individuals’ desire to express themselves on our services, and recognizing that this speech may have consequences elsewhere. We believe these collective efforts represent the right approach in balancing people’s desire to express themselves while promoting a safe, responsible community.” [Press Release]
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