Facebook Inc (FB.O) is deleting all the content related to instructions on 3D printing of firearms, a company spokesperson informed on Thursday, as the debate around access to a gun in the United States escalates.
The social media giant said, “Sharing instructions on how to print firearms using 3D printers is not allowed under our Community Standards. In line with our policies, we are removing this content from Facebook,”
Facebook did not clarify if it would remove only the related posts or the host pages and accounts as well but said it would soon share an updated policy on restricted goods reports Reuters.
Facebook has recently deleted hundreds of offensive posts since a law banning online hate speech came into force in Germany at the start of the year that foresees fines of up to 50 million euros ($58 million) for failure to comply.
Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg faced criticism in Germany after saying in a recent interview that Facebook should not delete statements denying that the Holocaust happened – a crime in Germany. He later clarified his remarks.
Complaints covered a range of alleged offenses under Germany’s criminal code, including insult, defamation, incitement to hatred and incitement to crime, the report said. Of the posts that were blocked, the most significant number was for slander.