Due to the inauguration day preparations, Facebook updated its Inauguration Day measures to consist of a momentary prohibition on advertisements endorsing weapon accessories and defensive gear “out of an abundance of caution,” the ban is expected to stay through January 22nd and this was revealed via a new blog post by the company on Saturday.
“We already prohibit ads for weapons, ammunition, and weapon enhancements like silencers. But we will now also prohibit ads for accessories such as gun safes, vests, and gun holsters in the US,” the announcement reads.
Facebook laid the prohibition after it was condemned for allowing posts across its platforms that endorsed and structured the lethal January 6th occurrence at the Capitol building. Adverts for body armor, gun holsters and other military gear were displayed beside Facebook and Instagram posts concerning the insurrection at the Capitol that involved requests for violence, BuzzFeed News first reported it.
This prompted some US senators to write a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, advising the company to “develop and execute a Facebook policy permanently prohibiting advertisements of products... primarily designed for use in lethal tactical operations and armed combat.” Policies have been put in place by Facebook amid concerns that the nation’s capital may witness more attacks ahead of the January 20th inauguration.
Facebook has said that it will stop its users from creating events occurring around or “in close proximity” to the White House, the Capitol, or state capital buildings through Inauguration Day. Facebook also stated that it was doing a “secondary review” of any events related to the inauguration created on its platform and will discard any in violation of its rules.