Facebook Marijuana Ban: Censors 'Just Say Now' Over Pot Leaf
Facebook Bans Pot Leaf Image Used By Just Say Now - A Pro Marijuana Legalization Group, Ad Campaign
The pro marijuana legalization group Just Say Now is speaking out after Facebook banned the use of the marijuana leaf image in groups ad campaign and Facebook page.
Facebook first approved the ads Aug. 7, then backtracked on the decision Aug. 16, Just Say Now said.
By blocking the image, Facebook is hurting Just Say Now's efforts to change public policy, the group's organizers said. The decision came after Facebook had served 38 million ads using the marijuana leaf, the group said.
"It's tantamount to banning a candidate's face during a political campaign," Michael Whitney, a Just Say Now organizer, said in a statement. "It's a mystery to me why Facebook would do such a sudden about-face. This is political speech."
Apparently, the campaign contravenes Facebook's policy of not accepting ads that promote smoking.
Andrew Noyes, a spokesman for Facebook, said that the problem was the pot leaf. "It would be fine to note that you were informed by Facebook that the image in question was no long[er] acceptable for use in Facebook ads. The image of a pot leaf is classified with all smoking products and therefore is not acceptable under our policies," he told the group in an email, which was provided to HuffPost.
Supporters of Just Say Now say their campaign is a political campaign and has nothing to do with smoking. Organizers of the Just Say Now Facebook group and campaign must be sparking a joint right now in celebration.
The Facebook censorship has brought the pro marijuana legalization group a lot of media attention.
Another pro marijuana legalization support group is urging all Facebook users to log off Facebook at 4:20 to protest the Facebook Ban of the marijuana leaf image - guess what they have the leaf displayed front and center.