Facebook to ban ads promoting weapon accessories and protective gear in the United States and the United States

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Facebook has announced that it will ban advertisements for weapon accessories and protective gear in the United States with immediate effect until at least two days after the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.

Following the attack by supporters of President Donald Trump on the United States Capitol on January 6, the social media company said on Saturday (January 16) that it would now ban ads for accessories such as chests -forts, vests and gun cases in the United States.

“We already ban ads for weapons, ammunition and weapon upgrades like silencers. But we will now ban ads for accessories as well,” Facebook said in a blog post.

Three US senators sent a letter to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday asking him to permanently block ads for products clearly designed for use in armed combat.

Senators, all Democrats, said the company must take this and other action to “hold itself accountable for how the national enemies of the United States have used the company’s products and platform to pursue their claims. own illicit objectives “.

Facebook on Friday blocked the creation of any new Facebook events near places such as the White House and the United States Capitol in Washington, as well as the State Capitol buildings, until January 20.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned of planned armed protests in Washington and all 50 state capitals in the run-up to the inauguration.

Buzzfeed reported this week that Facebook ran ads for military hardware alongside content promoting election misinformation and news about the January 6 violence.

A spokesperson for the Facebook company said all identified pages in Buzzfeed’s story have been removed and the company is working with intelligence and terrorism and law enforcement experts.

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