Medical marijuana may be legal in New York, but on Monday a Crain’s article on the subject got the publication banned from Facebook’s promoted news feeds.
Like other news organizations, Crain’s pays Facebook to push selected stories in users’ feeds, a program that has become a major source of traffic for publishers and advertisers.
But in a 6:21 a.m. email Monday, we were notified that our “account has been permanently disabled” as a result of illegal activity. “Ads are not allowed to promote or facilitate illegal activity,” the Facebook ads team explained.
The “ad” in question was a post for the Crain’s April 20 cover story on New York’s medical-marijuana law, ironically called “This is what legalized pot looks like in New York.” Crain’s had been promoting the story on Facebook ever since it was published online on April 19. [Read more at Crain’s New York Business]