US senators urge Facebook to block all advertorials for protective equipment, weapon accessories

  • On Saturday, Facebook said it will now prohibit ads for various accessories such as gun holsters, vests, and gun safes in the country until the situation normalizes

After Joe Biden’s coronation as the United States President on January 20, the social networking platform Facebook announced a bar on advertisements for protective equipment and weapon accessories instantly for a minimum of two days. The company had announced to take this decision after exiting President Donald Trump’s supporters vandalized and created a ruckus in the Senate on January 6.

On Saturday, Facebook said that it will now prohibit ads for various accessories such as gun holsters, vests, and gun safes in the country until the situation normalizes. On its blog post, Facebook said, “We already prohibit ads for weapons, ammunition, and weapon enhancements like silencers. But we will now also prohibit ads for accessories.”

On Friday, a coupe of top US senators urged Facebook’s bigwig Mark Zuckerberg to ban and block all these sorts of advertisements that could be used in the armed conflict. According to the CNA report, the senator said that Facebook must undertake necessary actions to “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.”

Until Jan 20, the company has even barred its own events in close to important areas such as state capitol buildings, US Capitol and White House in Washington. The state is already warned by the FBI of a possibility of heavy-armed protests.

The American online media BuzzFeed has clearly stated that along with encouraging content for election misinformation, Facebook has been airing several adverts for military equipment. To clarify this statement, a spokesperson of the company said that all its page furnished with baseless accusations have been wiped out completely from BuzzFeed and they are now working closely with terror experts, intelligence departments, law enforcement units to prevent further vandalism in the country.  

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