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Politics Facebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots

07:00  17 january  2021
07:00  17 january  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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(Reuters) - Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) said on Saturday it will ban advertisements for weapon accessories and protective equipment in the United States with immediate effect until at least two days after U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20. Following the attack by supporters of

Ads for weapon accessories were also being shown to people who followed Facebook already prohibits ads for weapons and ammunition, the company said, but it is extending that ban to related Much of the planning for last week’s attack on the Capitol was conducted in the open on social media

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Facebook is temporarily banning advertisements for weapons accessories and protective gear amid the fallout from the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol and days before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

The platform said in a blog post that the ban will be in place at least two days after the inauguration, on Jan. 22, "out of an abundance of caution."

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

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Facebook Inc said on Saturday it will ban advertisements for weapon accessories and protective equipment in the United States with immediate effect Following the attack by supporters of President Donald Trump against the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the social media company said it will now prohibit

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Saturday it will ban advertisements for weapon accessories and protective equipment in the United States with immediate effect until at least two days after U.S Following the attack by supporters of President Donald Trump against the U.S. Capitol on Jan.

Facebook declined to comment to The Hill on the exact reasoning behind the ban.

The move comes after Buzzfeed News reported last week that Facebook platform had been running ads for military equipment next to content promoting election misinformation and news about the Capitol riots.

In addition, three senators and four attorneys general this week wrote letters to Facebook to demand that it permanently halt the advertisement of military goods and tactical gear, according to the outlet.


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"Facebook must hold itself accountable for how domestic enemies of the United States have used the company's products and platform to further their own illicit aims," Democratic Sens. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) wrote.

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We already prohibit ads for weapon sales and modifications like magazines. However, advertisers have been able to promote other weapons accessories , including products that are mounted on guns for the purposes of illuminating, magnifying or focusing in on (e.g. optics, flashlights)

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"Whether through negligence or with full knowledge, Facebook is placing profit ahead of our Nation's democracy."

The social media company told Reuters that all the pages identified were removed, and that it was working with intelligence and law enforcement.

The change is the latest in a series of actions taken to curb content that could incite violence after the attack at the U.S. Capitol that resulted in five deaths and dozens of arrests.

Last Monday, the company announced that it was taking down content on its platform that contains the phrase "Stop the Steal," and on Friday it blocked the creation of new Facebook events happening in "close proximity" to the White House, U.S. Capitol building and any state Capitol buildings.

The company has also suspended President Trump's pages until at least Inauguration Day.

The FBI has issued a bulletin warning of armed protests at the U.S. Capitol and across all 50 state capitols leading up to the inauguration, and has warned police chiefs nationwide to be on "high alert."

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