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New Page Restrictions on Facebook
By: Jessica Cherok
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Want to sell your gun on Facebook? Showcasing your goods on Instagram? Well, you’re now going to have to deal with new restrictions. Facebook is seeking to cut down on the amount it and Instagram are used by people engaging — or seeing to engage — in illegal activities.

The social media giant will also start weeding out pages for private gun sales that include the language “no background check required." According to Facebook they will not allow pages that “indicate a willingness to evade or help others evade the law.”

However, the move isn’t just limited to guns, though those will certainly feel the brunt of the new restrictions. Facebook is putting age restrictions on pages promoting regulated items. Only users over the age of 18 will be allowed to interact with the restricted pages. Last year, Twitter restricted the ability to follow certain brands to users over the age of 18.

In their announcement last week, Facebook said, "People sometimes use our free tools to discuss products that are regulated or controversial," the statement reads. "In some cases they promote these products for sale or use, even though it's not possible to complete a sale on Facebook or Instagram.”

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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