Facebook says it's removing posts with instructions for 3D printed guns

  • It's another update to an evolving content moderation strategy for Facebook.
  • Facebook did not clarify if it would remove only the related posts or the host pages and accounts as well.
3D printed gun, "The Liberator".
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3D printed gun, "The Liberator".

Facebook is removing content related to instructions on 3D printing of firearms, a company spokesperson said on Thursday, as debate around access to gun in the United States intensifies.

"Sharing instructions on how to print firearms using 3D printers is not allowed under our Community Standards. In line with our policies, we are removing this content from Facebook," the social media giant said.

It's another update to an evolving content moderation strategy for Facebook, which has been accused in recent months of conservative censorship and failures to remove hateful content. Facebook said earlier this week it had removed content from controversial radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

Facebook did not clarify if it would remove only the related posts or the host pages and accounts as well, but said it would soon share an updated policy on restricted goods.

—CNBC's Sara Salinas contributed to this report.