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