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Facebook Bans Ads for Holsters, Gun Safes Until After the Inauguration

Facebook Bans Ads for Holsters, Gun Safes Until After the Inauguration – The Truth About Guns

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There’s nothing quite so dangerous during a time of national division and social unrest as an advertisement for a gun safe.

“We already prohibit ads for weapons, ammunition and weapon enhancements like silencers,” the company said. “But we will now also prohibit ads for accessories such as gun safes, vests and gun holsters in the US.”

Facebook had shown ads for “holsters, body armor, and other military-related paraphernalia in the News Feeds of people who had engaged with content about the attempted coup at the US Capitol building earlier this month,” said Buzzfeed News, which reported on the ban earlier Saturday and had reported on the gun-related ads earlier in the week. Lawmakers and Facebook employees have complained to the social network about the ads, the news outlet said.

Following the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by followers of President Donald Trump, social networks including Facebook have faced criticism that they’ve failed to effectively police disinformation and violent content on their sites. And along with law enforcement and civil rights groups, the platforms are bracing for the possibility of more violence in the days leading up to the inauguration.

— Edward Moyer in Facebook bans ads for gun accessories in run-up to inauguration

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