They were popping the corks of the organically grown, non-alcoholic champagne at MDA yesterday, trying to celebrate an equally fake victory.
But not even their fellow Gun Control buddies could swallow the lump of dung:
But what is so bad about the new Facebook regulations that have the Bradys fuming? Basically is a syphilitic hog with a liberal application of Mary Kay products that Shannon Watts wants to parade: It does nothing to curtail the status quo and at most, it will be a short-lasting nuisance.
Facebook, at its heart, is about helping people connect and communicate. Because of the diversity of people and cultures on our services, we know that people sometimes post or share things that may be controversial or objectionable. We work hard to find a balance between enabling people to express themselves about topics that are important to them, and creating an environment that is safe and respectful.
So they know there is stuff out there that some people may not like, but they are also caught in the debacle that if they start shunning user because some other idiots dislike what they say, do, trade or sale, Facebook will find itself sharing notes with My Space.
This balance is important to how we view commercial activity on Facebook or Instagram. We have strict rules about how businesses can use our advertising tools. For example, we do not permit advertising for illegal drugs, tobacco products, prescription pharmaceuticals, weapons, and several other products and services, and restrict advertising for products such as alcohol, adult products, and gaming. In all cases, we have systems in place to review and remove advertising that violates our policies, is false, deceptive, or misleading.
And they don’t which it is OK as they own the place.
Of course, most of our tools are free to use, and many people and organizations use them to establish a presence on Facebook, including to promote commercial transactions. While people can’t use our services to actually sell things to each other, they can set up a Page or make an occasional post to their Timeline to find a roommate, sell a home, or solicit contributions for a church or nonprofit organization. Just like posting on a bulletin board at a supermarket or community center, these activities may be considered commercial, but we treat this type of sharing like any other type of sharing on our services – and we respond to reports when something violates our Community Standards.
They are saying here: “If it is legal, we would look like idiots trying to ban it. And we really don’t want to start pissing people off and having them move to Google Plus.”
People sometimes use our free tools to discuss products that are regulated or controversial. In some cases they promote these products for sale or use, even though it’s not possible to complete a sale on Facebook or Instagram. While we’ve recently heard specific concerns from people about offers for the private sales of firearms, this is one of many areas where we face a difficult challenge balancing individuals’ desire to express themselves on our services, and recognizing that this speech may have consequences elsewhere.
Translation: “What do you want us to do? It is LEGAL. And if they are doing something illegal, we ain’t cops!”
Today, we are introducing a series of new educational and enforcement efforts for people discussing the private sale of regulated items:
Any time we receive a report on Facebook about a post promoting the private sale of a commonly regulated item, we will send a message to that person reminding him or her to comply with relevant laws and regulations. We will also limit access to that post to people over the age of 18.
We will require Pages that are primarily used by people to promote the private sale of commonly regulated goods or services to include language that clearly reminds people of the importance of understanding and complying with relevant laws and regulations, and limit access to people over the age of 18 or older if required by applicable law.
We will provide special in-app education on Instagram for those who search for sales or promotions of firearms.
We will not permit people to post offers to sell regulated items that indicate a willingness to evade or help others evade the law. For example, private sellers of firearms in the U.S. will not be permitted to specify “no background check required,” nor can they offer to transact across state lines without a licensed firearms dealer.
And somebody just got her new Pink Cadillac somewhere near Facebook HQ. These new “efforts” have the same power of prevention as a Gun Free Zone sign but with the advantage that you can post a picture of a kitty at the same time.
I think even Facebook Intelligentsia realized that Moms were not after curbing possible violation of state or federal firearms laws but just to silence Gun Owners in general. The monetary consequences of censoring such a large group of people just because another group of people do not like them is a risky play, specially when they have a tradition of not banning offensive pages that go against the grain of Mainstream America. They would make them a bunch of progressive-influenced hypocrites and that would piss off about 2/3 of the US Market.
At most, expect Moms Acolytes going from Gun page to Gun page, reporting them to Facebook…. basically annoying both parties till they get spanked for trolling.
Moms Demand would have been more effective if they just opened another lemonade stand in the middle of a highway.
A preview of Facebook’s New Gun Sales Restriction System
And Sharp as a Marble wins the Internets today.
PS: about the original title, I was not drunk, I just had not ingested enough coffee then 😛