Facebook: firearms trade content removal Q4 2018 - Q3 2019

This statistic shows the number of content depicting trade of firearms removed by Facebook from the last quarter of 2018 to the third quarter of 2019. In the most recently reported period, the social network took action on 2.3 million pieces of content that went against their standards on regulated goods, down from 2.5 million pieces of content in the fourth quarter of 2018. Facebook has invested in automatic detection to delete content that attempts the sale, exchange, gifting, or transfer of firearms, firearm parts, ammunition, or explosives between private individuals.

Global number of content depicting trade of firearms removed by Facebook from 4th quarter 2018 to 3rd quarter 2019

Number of content items taken action on by Facebook in thousands
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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period

Q4 2018 to Q3 2019

Supplementary notes

According to Facebook, "We also don't allow private individuals to buy, sell, give, exchange or transfer firearms, including firearm parts or ammunition, on Facebook. Recently we've invested in our automatic detection and enforcement to find and remove content that goes against our standards on regulated goods."

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