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Michigan Moms "Like" Facebook's Crackdown on Gun Sales

PHOTO: Facebook will now allow users to flag posts they suspect violate its new policy regarding the sale of guns, alcohol, drugs or adult products. Image courtesy of Moms Demand Action.
PHOTO: Facebook will now allow users to flag posts they suspect violate its new policy regarding the sale of guns, alcohol, drugs or adult products. Image courtesy of Moms Demand Action.
March 7, 2014

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The social media gun show has new rules, and one group of Michigan moms is pleased with the changes.

Facebook is cracking down on the sale of guns, blocking minors from seeing those posts and deleting those that don't require a background check or cross state lines.

Linda Brundage, head of the Michigan chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, says the move by the world's largest social network is a significant status update.

"Moms have momentum, and we're moving across the country toward a culture of gun safety,” she says. “One company, one legislator, one law at a time. "

The changes are in part a result of a national petition campaign that Moms Demand Action launched in January.

While the focus is on gun sales, Facebook says the changes also will apply to the promotion of other restricted items, such as alcohol and adult products.

A spokesman for Facebook says the new policy will not limit its members' right to free expression, but will balance that with an effort to maintain a safe, responsible community.

Brundage says this shows it is possible to close some of the loopholes that have allowed illegal activity online.

"Moms are really gratified that Facebook will prevent minors from seeing gun sale activity, and that Facebook will be a place where our children can be safe online," she says.

Under the new policy, which also extends to Instagram, the social media sites will allow users to flag a post they think might be in violation.


Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI