The following is an excerpt from Matt Drange | July 13, 2016 | Forbes.com |
United States Senator Edward Markey penned a public letter to the company late Wednesday, requesting a detailed accounting of steps it has made to eliminate the sale of guns and ammunition through the site and its popular photo-sharing platform, Instagram. The letter comes a day after media reports that Micah Johnson, the Texas man suspected of killing five police officers in Dallas last week, bought a gun in 2014 from someone he met through Facebook.
It’s unclear if the gun, a variant of the AK-47 semi-automatic rifle, was used by Johnson during the killing spree. Initial reports suggested it may have been, but subsequent reports, citing anonymous law enforcement sources, claimed that the attack was carried out with a different gun.
In the open letter, addressed to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, Markey asked them to explain why his own staff was still able to identify guns for sale on the social media platforms–despite their recent ban on gun sales.
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