Facebook Blocks Weapon Accessory Ads for Underage Users

Recently, Facebook announced that they are updating their advertising policy to prohibit showing weapons accessories ads to the people who are under the age of 18 years.

Currently, the social network sites have banned the ads which are for the sale of weapons and modifications, such as magazines. But Facebook also took a further step for adding age obligations for ads selling things like belt accessories, holsters, or mounted flashlights. The Facebook new policies are placed to go into the effect from June 21 of this year.

The announcement from Facebook comes as the United States has been involved in a national debate over the gun improvement. Mass shootings, including the school attacks in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, have also strengthened the discussion over Facebook policies.

However, the Facebook is not only the Silicon Valley company which waded into the debate over the gun reforms by restricting the content on its platforms. In the March, YouTube is owned by Google, and ban the videos that support or link to websites that sell accessories and firearms. The company had banned the videos that attempted to sell firearms.

The Facebook’s advertising and also the data collection policies have more largely been under the analysis as the company has deals with the toughest predicament in its 14 years of history. In March, the social network sites were criticized for a humiliation involving Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy with bind to the Trump presidential campaign, which inappropriately accessed the personal information on up to the 87 million users of Facebook.

The company has been in the burning place for not doing enough and also to prevent cruelty from the Russian trolls who posted some propaganda and disruptive content on the platform to interfere in the election and propagate dispute among the voters.

Facebook’s was updated the ads policy which might ruffle conventional and Second Amendment, advocates. Some conventionals are already doubtful of Facebook, by condemning the social network of liberal suppression and bias of the conservative voices.

Facebook was updated its advertising policies page including some examples of what types of firearm ads are allowed and not allowed on the platform of Facebook. For example, an advertisement for the gun cases, slings, and gun paint are permitted, but with the new age restriction only. Ads for firearms themselves, paintball guns, ammunition, or BB guns are not at all allowed.

Facebook also said that further on this weeks it will also work with organizations and businesses that might be affected by the new age restriction policies.