Aug 9, 2018 - Technology

Facebook to ban sharing of digital files for 3D-printed guns

Cody Wilson holds up a 3D-printed gun

Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed company, holds a 3D printed gun, called the 'Liberator', in his factory in Austin, Texas. Photo: Kelly West/AFP via Getty Images

Facebook is banning websites that host downloadable files for 3D-printed guns from its platform, BuzzFeed News reports.

Why it matters: A government settlement from earlier this year was poised to allow 3D-printed guns to be available for download beginning August 1, before a federal judge halted the decision with a temporary restraining order. At least 19 states are currently suing the Trump administration to permanently prevent the settlement from taking effect.

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