Meta banned firearms sales. Why are they still available on Facebook and Instagram? | Meta | The Guardian

Guns, weapon parts and ammunition are widely available for sale on Facebook and Instagram, new research shows, as experts say Meta is not doing enough to stop deadly weapons getting into the wrong hands. Meta policy since 2016 has banned the “sale or use of weapons, ammunition or explosives” between individuals, including “firearms parts”. However, the study from Media Matters for America, a non-profit tech watchdog group, shows users of Instagram and Facebook can buy materials from unregulated sources to build high-powered, automatic weapons in just a few clicks.

Many of these listings are for 3D-printed or DIY gun kits, also known as “ghost guns”, which allow users to build weapons at home without completing a background check. Such weapons are a growing problem in the US, with 20,000 suspected ghost guns recovered in criminal investigations in 2021 – a tenfold increase from 2016. Joe Biden in April announced a new effort to crack down on untraceable firearms, calling them “weapons of choice for many criminals”.

The study from Media Matters identified more than 40 active listings in the US on Facebook Marketplace and Instagram Shopping that are selling gun parts, accessories and ammunition – including parts to build unregistered weapons at home.

Source: Meta banned firearms sales. Why are they still available on Facebook and Instagram? | Meta | The Guardian