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Senator pummels Mark Zuckerberg with questions about gun sales on Facebook

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Facebook is facing new questions over how it deals with guns on its network after reports that the Dallas police shooter previously arranged to buy an AK-47 on Facebook.

Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom Wednesday urging them to do more to prevent their platforms form being used as a marketplace for firearms. Markey’s letter follows an earlier report in the New York Daily News that says the Dallas police shooter used Facebook to arrange the purchase of an AK-47 in 2014.

It appears that gun was likely not involved in the shooting that left five police officers dead and seven others injured but it raises new questions about Facebook’s policies. In Markey’s letter, which you can read in its entirety here, the senator asks several pointed questions about how Facebook enforces its ban on private gun sales.  Read more…

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