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Senators urge social media giants to block 3-D gun blueprints

Joe Mont | August 17, 2018

A group of Senate Democrats is urging leading technology companies to ensure that the publication of 3-D gun printing materials, which violate their terms of service, is not allowed on their platforms.

Letters were sent, detailing concerns, to Twitter followers. Similar letters were sent to Facebook, Microsoft, Craigslist, Google, Reddit, and Yahoo.

Recently, a company called Defense Distributed announced that it would publish over the internet the blueprints for 3-D printable firearms, in the form of Computer Aided Design (CAD) files.

The CAD files would allow users from all over the world to automate production of a gun using a 3-D printer.

 “While a district court recently issued a temporary restraining order to prevent the online publication of these CAD files, the order was just temporary,” the letters say. “Moreover, there are...

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