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Facebook clamps down on gun sales

Facebook clamps down on gun sales

Facebook will clamp down on gun sales on the social network, it's been announced, with the site set to contact private sellers to warn them of their legal obligations as well as prevent attempts to actively evade firearm laws. The ramping up in attention follows reports that, while gun advertising isn't permitted through Facebook's own ad scheme, the site was nonetheless being used by a large number of vendors to sell weapons without background checks, to minors, and across state lines.

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Google denies WhatsApp acquisition attempt

Google denies WhatsApp acquisition attempt

Google never made a play for WhatsApp despite reports of an unsuccessful $10bn bid for the messaging service, Senior VP Sundar Pichai says, though talks of collaboration between the firms did apparently take place. WhatsApp, which Facebook announced earlier this month it would acquire for a whopping $19bn, was never a target for purchase according to Pichai, with "press reports to the contrary" being "simply untrue."

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