A new study which has been revealed by the BBC has revealed a growing market in the illegal trade of guns and weapons in Libya via social media sites, in particular Facebook.The report was commissioned by the Small Arms Survey, and used data collected by Armament Research Services (ARES) on a total of 1,346 sales. Researchers believe this is just a fraction of the full trade taking place on social media.
The illicit act which is being conducted in "closed" or "secret" Facebook groups has attracted a major stir as Facebook has called on subscribers to report any such postings.
The majority of weapons being traded were handguns or rifles. The most popular rifle was the Kalashnikov, which sells - they found - on average for 1,800 Libyan dinars ($1,300; £930).