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Facebook becomes strict on gun posts


Scroll through Facebook and you'll find photos of weddings, foods, and even guns.

Now, the social media site is making it harder for users to illegally sell or trade firearms. The company introduced a series of "educational and enforcement efforts" aimed at those who sell guns.

"I'm sure Facebook took a look at what was currently the content on the news feeds being displayed on their site," said David Groves, Sheriff of Cherokee County.

The company will block minors from seeing posts related to the sale or trade of guns. The stricter rules also involve Facebook-owned Instagram.

While Facebook is tightening its policies, some locals feel it may not make much of a difference.

"The stuff they come out with really is only going to stop people from blatantly breaking the law," said Gerald Messer of Columbus, Kansas.

Facebook now requires those who promote the private sale of guns or related material to include language that highlights the importance of complying with the law.

But some wonder whether such policies can make enough of an impact on the vast online world.

"There's no way for them to police it and stop it completely< said Messer. "It's just too big."

But there are preventative measures when it comes to children.

"As with a lot of issues, it's important for parents to have discussions with their kids about what's appropriate, what's not appropriate, what's safe and what's not safe," said Groves.

Anytime Facebook becomes aware of forbidden gun sale-related activity, officials will send the "educational material" to the user the next time she or he logs on.

Facebook encourages its users to report any violations via the online tools provided on its site.

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