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Facebook Now Lets Users Flag Gun-Sales Posts

Facebook now lets users “flag” posts they believe are related to gun sales, which gun sellers have dodged by changing their privacy settings, according to Forbes.

Facebook banned the sales of firearms through the site back in January, but there was no specific tool for reporting gun-related sales on the site until more recently. A Facebook spokesman told Forbes that it began to roll out the feature in February, and gun-control activists started noticing it in April. Users can now flag groups and posts for violating Facebook’s gun policy.

Facebook has struggled to enforce its firearms ban since it was first instituted, and this tool has proved no more successful than Facebook’s initial efforts. Forbes reports that many gun groups continue to exist on Facebook because users attempting to buy or sell firearms have simply changed their privacy settings. Gun owners or potential buyers can also still use Facebook’s messaging tool, which is private, in order to discuss gun sales.