Facebook is down casting online gun deals with a novel policy excepting private folks from selling or advertising guns on the website.
The fresh policy also relates to Instagram, the photo-sharing service, which is possessed by Facebook.
Gun control groups have long protested that Facebook and other online websites are often used by buyers, not officially eligible to buy firearms and unlicensed sellers.
Facebook had declared some limitations on advertising and sales of gun in 2014, saying it would block juveniles from watching posts that promoted guns. But the social network did not prohibit private trades at that time.
Approved firearms retailers can still promote their businesses on Facebook, but are not permitted to receive orders or make deals on the site.
A Facebook spokesperson said the new strategy ascended from the company’s evaluation of its rulebooks following its current efforts to inspire new practises of commerce on the website.
Facebook prolonged its digital payments service last summer, letting consumers of its Messenger service to conduct electronic payments to other individual customers.
Monika Bickert, who oversees Facebook product policies, said, “In previous two years, more and more people have been discover products by means of Facebook to sell and buy things to one another”.
“We are continuing to develop, check, and deploy new products to mark this experience even better for people and are apprising our regulated goods policies to imitate this evolution.”