Facebook bans private guns sales.

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Facebook bans private guns sales.

Facebook is banning private guns sales on the social media site in response to pressure from President Barack Obama for stricter firearms control.

The prohibition, announced on Friday, will also apply to Instagram, its photo-sharing network, and will stop the networks being used to conduct gun sales between private individuals.

The new rule comes after President Obama bypassed the United States congress by introducing a series of executive orders bringing in tougher background checks for gun ownership in response to a series of deadly mass shootings during his presidency.

The changes announced by Mr Obama in a tearful speech at the White House included requirements for checks for those purchasing weapons at gun shows or on the internet.

The White House, state attorneys general and pro-gun control groups have raised the pressure on Facebook to stop the flow of posts offering weapons for sale.

“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,” said Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of product policy. “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.”

The ban would apply only to posts relating to “peer-to-peer” sales, not to those taking place in stores or from licensed on-line dealers. “Licensed firearm retailers will still be able to post about their goods and services on Facebook while completing sales transactions off Facebook,” Ms Bickert said.

Facebook, with 1.59 billion monthly users, acted in 2014 to limit gun sales by shielding minors from firearms adverts on its site.

The network already bans sales of pharmaceuticals, marijuana and other illicit drugs.

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