Facebook has confirmed that they are blocking any links to sites which contain blueprints for guns made by 3D printers or CNC milling machines, citing their "Community Standards."
"Sharing instructions on how to manufacture firearms using 3D printers or CNC milling machines is not allowed under our Community Standards," Facebook told The Washington Free Beacon. "In line with our policies, we are removing this content from Facebook."
Facebook's crackdown comes in the wake of Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson effectively winning his lawsuit against the State Department, as reported by The Daily Wire last month. In the settlement, it was stated that Wilson was allowed to publicly post blueprints for 3D-printable guns as of July 27. Wilson filed suit on First and Second Amendment grounds some five years ago when the feds told him he had to remove such files after the then-25-year-old created and fired the world's first 3D-printed gun and posted the blueprints online. The State Department cited national security reasons via the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) for their actions.
But soon after the hard-fought battle, Wilson was hit with bad news. A dozen states targeted the self-described anarchist with lawsuits, President Donald Trump posted a tweet essentially condemning the DOJ settlement, and a temporary nationwide injunction from a federal judge barred Defense Distributed from continuing to host the files online.
The targeting of Wilson teed up Facebook's crackdown on gun code, which is still alive and well online. As noted by BuzzFeed, sites like CodeIsFreeSpeech.com, which hosts Wilson's "Liberator" gun code, are being censored on Facebook's News Feed, their Messenger app, and Instagram.
And Facebook is apparently looking to ramp-up their censorship on gun code files. "According to a Facebook spokesperson, the company is currently working on scaling up its anti–3D gun policy," reported BuzzFeed, though the tech giant "did not provide any additional details about how it would do so" or "when or how the decision was made."
Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) blasted Facebook's actions as "an outrageous display of censorship and bias."
"Facebook's complete and total takedown and block on CodeIsFreeSpeech.com is without question a human policy decision by Facebook executives to single us and our speech out for especially disfavorable treatment," the coalition said in a site post.
FPC president Brandon Combs told The Washington Free Beacon that legal action taken against Wilson is unlawful.
"My opinion is, and I think that we're right about this, the settlement in Texas is binding," he said. "In my opinion, it was an unlawful injunction that was issued against the State Department, and the federal government in Washington doesn't stop the settlement from being effective. That settlement is in place, that's the law, and we're operating on that basis."