The Libertarian Party contacted us this morning following the launch of our campaign to get Facebook to relent on their decision to ban the Just Say Now logo with a marijuana leaf from advertising.
Libertarian Party spokesman Kyle Hartz said Facebook had also censored their logo, which likewise contained a marijuana leaf:
Here at the Libertarian Party, we have faced the exact same problem with facebook ads. Our ad, picture below, was also approved and then banned. Once I appealed their decision, they responded saying,
“Thanks for writing in to us. I took a look at your account and noticed that the content advertised by this ad is prohibited. We reserve the right to determine what advertising we accept, and we may choose to not accept ads containing or relating to certain products or services. We do not allow ads for marijuana or political ads for the promotion of marijuana and will not allow the creation of any further Facebook Ads for this product. We appreciate your cooperation with this policy”
Considering marijuana ads are not explicitly banned in their guidelines, I was pretty upset by this decision. The marijuana legalization ad was the best ad we ever had, we were paying less than one cent a click.
If you are interested in fighting back against this policy, we would love to join the fight.
Libertarian National Committee, Inc.
One of the hardest part about ending prohibition is getting people to talk about it. We’ve worked really hard to put together a left/right coalition that makes it easier for people to speak out without fear of being attacked as “hippies.” Facebook’s decision makes it that much harder.
Or, as Jay Rosen put it:
We’re not trying to sell pot to people. We’re trying to have a political discussion about US drug policy, as is the Libertarian Party. In a 2.0 world of online graphics, banning the use of the subject image is not a mature decision about political discourse. It’s a decision made to appease somebody’s finger wagging grandparents.
Ryan Grim has more on the Huffington Post.
Xeni Jardin has more on Boing Boing.
We’re asking people to switch out their Facebook avatars with the Just Say Now pot leaf and a “censored by facebook” banner. You can find it here. (Here’s mine, I frankly don’t think I’ve ever looked better.)