After thousands signed Shannon's petition, Facebook and Instagram announce new policies related to gun sales.
Shannon says, 'These new Facebook and Instagram policies include several measures that will drastically reduce the chances of illegal gun sales on its platform, such as letting users report suspicious gun posts, deleting posts that offer to buy and sell guns without background checks, requiring Facebook gun page owners to post a notice that says users must comply with all applicable laws, and warning Instagram users about the law when they search for gun offers. What’s more, all individual gun offers and pages dedicated to gun sales will be blocked for users under 18 -- a critical measure for keeping our kids safe online.'
'This victory marks a huge milestone in the history of our movement -- and it all took shape in less than a month, thanks to you!'"
Facebook and Instagram are currently being used to facilitate sales and trades of firearms between private sellers.
Most of these sales and trades can take place without background checks, meaning that there’s no way to stop a Facebook or Instagram user from potentially selling a gun to a felon, a domestic abuser or another dangerous person who would otherwise be prohibited from obtaining a gun.
I think of Facebook and Instagram as places to share photos of my kids & family -- not as an online market for guns. Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, I started Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America the day after the Sandy Hook shooting to build support for common-sense gun reforms. I want my children -- and all children -- to feel safe and secure.
As moms, we're among Facebook's largest and most loyal audiences. We need to tell Facebook loud and clear that allowing gun sales and trades -- which could easily put firearms in the hands of criminals and dangerous people -- is a threat to public safety and the security of our families. Other online platforms including Craigslist, eBay, and Google+ have already prohibited these sales and it's time for Facbook and Instagram to join them.
It's a social media gun show that we can't allow to go on any longer.