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Facebook set for a ban weapon accessory ads for users under the age of 18

File photo The Facebook logo is displayed on their website an image of a photo taken in Bordeaux, France, Feb. 1, 2017. (REUTERS/Regis Duvignau)

Facebook will prevent advertisers show gun accessory ads to minors, the social network has announced.

The move comes in the wake of the deadly school shootings in the Park, Fla. and Santa Fe, Texas. On Feb. 14, 17 dead and several wounded in a mass shooting at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Park. In the last month 10 people were killed and 13 wounded when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School near Houston.

“We have already prohibit advertisements for weapon sales and changes, such as magazines,” says Facebook in a blog post. “However, the advertisers could promote, other weapons, accessories, including products that are mounted on rifles for the purpose of relieving, to enlarge or to focus on (e.g. optics, flashlights) a target as well as holsters and belt accessories.”

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Of 21 June, advertisers, promotion of weapon or accessories must not limit their audience to be at least 18 years of age and older. “This means we have a higher standard for what is allowed and why we have chosen to restrict weapons accessories for an adult audience,” wrote.

Facebook has explained that, in contrast to the posts from friends or Pages to receive advertisements from paid spread on the social network. “This means we have a higher standard for what is allowed and why we have chosen to restrict weapons accessories for an adult audience,” he said.

Earlier this year, YouTube, which is owned by Google, brought in restrictions on certain videos with firearms and accessories. The movement led to a protest by gun advocates.

The Associated Press and Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this article.

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