Facebook advertising

Facebook is launching new advertising restrictions on who can promote on their platform to protect users from questionable brands or business practices.

The company announced it will no longer allow for bail bond services to promote their businesses on the social network. Additionally, addiction treatment centers will only be allowed to advertise if they have been approved by LegitScript, a third-party verification service.

The new restrictions apply across Facebook’s entire advertising platform, including on the Facebook Audience Network and Instagram.

“Addiction treatment centers that advertise to people in the US on Facebook will now be required to have certification from LegitScript, which will review their background, qualifications, compliance with state legal and regulatory licensing requirements and privacy practices,” Facebook writes on its Business blog.

Once addiction treatment centers have been verified, they will also need to complete Facebook’s Addition Treatment Centers Onboard Request before being allowed to start running advertisements.

Facebook says it made the decision based on feedback from industry and policy experts, as well as advocates in the respective industries.

“We consulted a wide range of policy experts, advocates and community organizations working in criminal justice to ensure we’re taking the right approach,” explains Facebook about the decision to remove bail bond services advertisements.

Both industries are notorious online for fraudulent or misleading advertising, which has led other big companies like Google to also clamp down on their abilities to advertise across their platforms. Last year, Google introduced similar restrictions on addiction treatment centers to ensure users are only directed to trusted treatment centers.

“We found a number of misleading experiences among rehabilitation treatment centers that led to our decision, in consultation with experts, to restrict ads in this category,” a Google spokesperson told Search Engine Land at the time.

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