Facebook Pot Ads: Marijuana Leaf Banned From Ad

August 24, 2010
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Facebook pot ads have been removed, at least those featuring an actual pot leaf. Why did Facebook ban the ads? Find out here!

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Facebook is under scrutiny after ads for pot legalization have been removed. The ads featured an actual pot leaf and after running for about a week, the company decided that the image featured illegal content and the leaf cannot appear in advertisements.

The pot legalization group Just Say Now ran the ads in support of the petition for President Obama to support states’ rights to legalize marijuana.

“We’re not allowed to show the image of the candidate that we are advancing,” said Michael Whitney, with Firedoglake.com, “that’s why we’re calling out Facebook for this really backwards decision.”

A Facebook rep told Just Say Now, “The image of a pot leaf is classified with all smoking products and therefore is not acceptable under our policies.”

So 1- it sounds like they cant make up their mind and stick to a reason for the ban and 2- they let the ads run a week before taking them down, which makes me think too many complaints led to the ban. I don’t think that their premium advertisers want to be clustered next to a pot legalization ad.

The executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy thinks that it was a poor move on Facebooks part.

“Their business will suffer if they don’t reverse this decision. We’re way beyond reefer madness and censorship. Facebook should get with the times.”

Meanwhile, several conservative and liberal blogs and news sources are running the ad including “The Nation, The New Republic, Human Events, Red State, Antiwar, Reason, Drug War Rant, Stop The Drug War, Daily Paul, Lew Rockwell, The Young Turks (see their video below), MyDD, AmericaBlog, Pam’s House Blend and Raw Story.”

So what do you think? Is Facebook being ridiculous? Or are you glad they took the ads down? Tell me in the comments below!


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2 Responses to “Facebook Pot Ads: Marijuana Leaf Banned From Ad”

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    Rudy McGillvray Says:

    Looks like Facebook can be classed as a bunch of liberals who want to control our FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
    You can say what you want show pics of what you like IF IT AGREES W/ their agenda. Which is their own editorial content.
    I wonder when they are going to take my rant against OBLAMA off so that no one can read them, and abrogate my freedoms to say what I like, and say that the First Amendment to the Constitution is “Unconstitutional?”

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    Anony Mouse Says:

    ok. This has gone quite far enough.. I’ve seen several ” news ” blogs about this incident, and personally, i find it funny.

    1) Pot is indeed illegal in the united states.
    2) Facebook deemed this image not suitable for their ads program. Deal with it
    3) these people proclaiming some sort of law, or civil right has been violated should stfu already. This is an advertisement on a website. not an intellectual article in a newspaper or on the television. The fact that this group has a political agenda, doesn’t give them the right to force their political views onto separate entities. Facebook has the sole right to determine if these advertisements are in their best interest.

    so seriously, all you pot heads, stop crying wolf because your favorite social engine has determined that a pot advocate’s advertisement isn’t within the scope of their accepted policies.

    Perhaps turn your ire to the idiots that created the advertisement without reading the terms of use beforehand, or not being able to comprehend how far the scope could theoretically reach.