NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Facebook (FB), responding to criticism over its perceived involvement in the sale of firearms, has decided to impose age restrictions on some promotional items on the over-billion member social network and its sister photo-sharing site, Instagram. Now, only Facebook and Instagram users over the age of 18 will have access to posts promoting sales of regulated items such as firearms.
Facebook said its change in policy was a response to criticism from users over the advertising of firearms sales on the social network, but that the decision will impact many other promotions and advertisements on the social network.
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Facebook added it will not allow any postings of regulated items that contain language that may help people evade the law. That specification is focused on the sale of firearms.
"[P]rivate sellers of firearms in the U.S. will not be permitted to specify "no background check required," nor can they offer to transact across state lines without a licensed firearms dealer," Facebook said.
The move comes after Facebook received heavy criticism from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's advocacy group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, over its perceived involvement in illegal gun sales.
In announcing policy changes, Facebook said it worked with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Americans for Responsible Solutions, Sandy Hook Promise, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and Moms Demand Action in building new policies surrounding the promotion of firearm sales on the social network.