Mark Zuckerberg’s brainchild took a beating for enabling online firearms sales between consenting adults. Under pressure from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and like-minded civilian disarmers, Facebook banned all posts and pages promoting private gun sales. news.sky.com reports that the social media colossus is having similar problems on the outer reaches of its online empire. Specifically, Hillary Clinton’s former political playground Libya . . .
British guns are being advertised for sale on Facebook in Libya, where thousands of Islamic State fighters are believed to be active.
Rifles, light machine guns and revolvers are among the firearms listed in secret trading groups on the social network, even though Facebook has a strict policy against such transactions.
Once a buyer finds a weapon, deals are negotiated through private messages and phone calls – with some sub-machine guns being sold for as little as £400 . . .
Among the guns it reported being for sale were a Bren light machine gun, which was standard issue for British forces in World War Two, and a Sterling sub-machine gun which was used by the British Army from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Note that the report intimates that the Facebook-sourced guns are going to ISIL fighters. The buyers could just as easily be civilians looking for self-defense, canny entrepreneurs or American-backed “freedom fighters” (if not now, later). Needless to say, Facebook doesn’t care. They’re having none of it, as their official statement on the matter reminds users:
It’s against Facebook’s community standards to co-ordinate private sales of firearms, and we remove any such content as soon as we become aware of it.
We encourage people to use the reporting links found across our site so that our team can review content swiftly.
Sure. Libyans are going to drop a dime on arms dealers. Upon which planet do these Facebook admins live? More to the point, again, how long before Facebook bans all firearms-related content?