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Facebook (Meta)

Restricted goods and services

Regulated or Illegal Goods & Services

Policy Date:

Apr 14, 2022

To encourage safety and compliance with common legal restrictions, we prohibit attempts by individuals, manufacturers and retailers to purchase, sell or trade non-medical drugs, pharmaceutical drugs and marijuana. We also prohibit the purchase, sale, gifting, exchange and transfer of firearms, including firearm parts or ammunition, between private individuals on Facebook. Some of these items are not regulated everywhere; however, because of the borderless nature of our community, we try to enforce our policies as consistently as possible. Firearm shops and online retailers may promote items available for sale off our services as long as those retailers comply with all applicable laws and regulations. We allow discussions about sales of firearms and firearm parts in shops or by online retailers and advocating for changes to firearm regulation. Regulated goods that are not prohibited by our Community Standards may be subject to our more stringent Commerce Policies.
Do not post:
Firearms
Content that:

Attempts to buy, sell or trade, firearms, firearm parts, ammunition, explosives or lethal enhancements, except when posted by a Page, group or Instagram profile representing legitimate brick-and-mortar entities, including retail businesses, websites, brands or government agencies (e.g. police department, fire department) or a private individual sharing content on behalf of legitimate brick-and-mortar entities.
Attempts to donate or gift firearms, firearm parts, ammunition, explosives or lethal enhancements except when posted in the following contexts:
Donating, trading in or buying back firearms and ammunition by a Page, group or Instagram profile representing legitimate brick-and-mortar entities, including retail businesses, websites, brands or government agencies, or a private individual sharing content on behalf of legitimate brick-and-mortar entities.
An auction or raffle of firearms by legitimate brick-and-mortar entities, including retail businesses, government-affiliated organisations or charities, or private individuals affiliated with or sponsored by legitimate brick-and-mortar entities.
Asks for firearms, firearm parts, ammunition, explosives or lethal enhancements
Sells, gifts, exchanges, transfers, coordinates, promotes (by which we mean speaks positively about, encourages the use of) or provides access to 3D printing or computer-aided manufacturing instructions for firearms or firearms parts regardless of context or poster.
Non-medical drugs
Content that:

Attempts to buy, sell, trade, co-ordinate the trade of, donate, gift or asks for non-medical drugs.
Admits to buying, trading or co-ordinating the trade of non-medical drugs by the poster of the content by themselves or through others.
Admits to personal use without acknowledgment of or reference to recovery, treatment or other assistance to combat usage. This content may not speak positively about, encourage use of, coordinate or provide instructions to make or use non-medical drugs.
Coordinates or promotes (by which we mean speaks positively about, encourages the use of or provides instructions to use or make) non-medical drugs.
Pharmaceutical drugs
Content that:

Attempts to buy, sell or trade pharmaceutical drugs except when:
Listing the price of vaccines in an explicit education or discussion context.
Offering delivery when posted by legitimate healthcare e-commerce businesses.
Attempts to donate or gift pharmaceutical drugs
Asks for pharmaceutical drugs except when content discusses the affordability, accessibility or efficacy of pharmaceutical drugs in a medical context
Marijuana
Content that attempts to buy, sell, trade, donate or gift, or asks for, marijuana.

Endangered species (wildlife and plants):
Content that:

Attempts to buy, sell, trade, donate or gift, or asks for, endangered species or their parts.
Admits to poaching, buying or trading of endangered species or their parts committed by the poster of the content either by themselves or their associates through others. This does not include depictions of poaching by strangers.
Depicts poaching of endangered species and their parts committed by the poster of the content by themselves or through others.
Shows coordination or promotion (by which we mean speaks positively about, encourages the poaching of or provides instructions to use or make products from endangered species or their parts)
Live non-endangered animals, excluding livestock
Content that attempts to buy, sell or trade live non-endangered animals except when:
Posted by a Page, group or Instagram profile representing legitimate brick-and-mortar entities, including retail businesses, legitimate websites, brands or rehoming shelters, or a private individual sharing content on behalf of legitimate brick-and-mortar entities.
Posted in the context of donating or rehoming live non-endangered animals, including rehoming fees for peer-to-peer adoptions, selling an animal for a religious offering or offering a reward for lost pets.
Human blood
Content that attempts to buy, sell or trade human blood.
Content that asks for human blood except for a donation or gift.
Alcohol/tobacco
Content that:

Attempts to buy, sell or trade alcohol or tobacco, except when:
Posted by a Page, group or Instagram profile representing legitimate brick-and-mortar entities, including retail businesses, websites or brands, or a private individual sharing content on behalf of legitimate brick-and-mortar entities.
Content refers to alcohol/tobacco that will be exchanged or consumed on location at an event, restaurant, bar, party and so on.
Attempts to donate or gift alcohol or tobacco except when posted by a Page, group or Instagram profile representing legitimate brick-and-mortar entities, including retail businesses, websites or brands, or a private individual sharing content on behalf of legitimate brick-and-mortar entities.
Asks for alcohol or tobacco
Weight loss products
Content about weight loss that contains a miracle claim and attempts to buy, sell, trade, donate or gift weight loss products.
Historical artefacts
Content that attempts to buy, sell, trade, donate or gift, or asks for, historical artefacts.
Except when any of the above occurs in a fictional or documentary context

Hazardous goods and materials
Content that attempts to buy, sell, trade, donate or gift, or asks for hazardous goods and materials
Except when any of the above occurs in a fictional or documentary context

For the following content, we restrict visibility to adults aged 21 years and over:
Firearms
Content posted by or promoting legitimate brick-and-mortar store, entities, including retail businesses websites, brands or government agencies which attempt to buy, sell, trade, donate or gift (including in the context of an auction or a raffle) firearms, firearm parts, ammunition, explosives or lethal enhancements.
For the following content, we restrict visibility to adults aged 18 years and over:
Alcohol/tobacco
Content posted by or promoting legitimate brick-and-mortar entities, including retail businesses websites or brands, which attempt to buy, sell, trade, donate or gift alcohol or tobacco products.
Bladed weapons
Content that attempts to buy, sell, trade, donate or gift bladed weapons.
Weight loss products and potentially dangerous cosmetic procedures
Content that

Attempts to buy, sell, trade, donate or gift weight loss products or potentially dangerous cosmetic procedures.
Admits to or depicts using a weight loss product or potentially dangerous cosmetic procedures, except when admitting to use in a disapproval context.
Shows coordination or promotion (by which we mean speaks positively, encourages the use of or provides instructions to use or make a diet product or perform dangerous cosmetic procedures).
Sex toys and sexual enhancement products
Content that attempts to buy, sell, trade, donate or gift sex toys and sexual enhancement products
Real money gambling

Content that attempts to sell or promote online gaming and gambling services where anything of monetary value (including cash or digital/virtual currencies, e.g. bitcoin) is required to play and anything of monetary value forms part of the prize.
For the following Community Standards, we require additional information and/or context to enforce:
In certain cases, we will allow content that may otherwise violate the Community Standards when it is determined that the content is satirical. Content will only be allowed if the violating elements of the content are being satirised or attributed to something or someone else in order to mock or criticise them.