Failbook: Facebook Bans Anti-Prohibition Group

It’s beginning to be really easy to hate Facebook. While Google has stuck to its libertarian principles of free exchange of information by not cooperating with Chinese censorship, Facebook has become more and more creepy:

The people behind the “Just Say Now” marijuana legalization campaign (oft-Boinged Salon contributor Glenn Greenwald is one of many political thinkers on their board) want Facebook to back off its decision to pull their ads from the social networking service.

This is what Facebook’s PR says:

It would be fine to note that you were informed by Facebook that the image in question was no long 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. Let me know if you need anything further.

One key indicator that you are dealing with unapologetic authoritarians is when you’re being harshly reprimanded for violating regulations and rules that are unpredictable, undefinable and more than likely not even known by the person touting them. That appears to be the case with Facebook’s policies:

But the group points out that Facebook’s ad policy doesn’t ban “smoking products,” just “tobacco products.” Also, Facebook does permit alcohol ads, even ads featuring images of alcohol products and packaging, though alcohol ads that make alcohol consumption “fashionable,” “promote intoxication” or that “encourage excessive consumption” are banned. Just Say Now calls Facebook’s action censorship.

Perhaps Facebook goes by the old Jack Webb Dragnet school that pot consists of “marijuana cigarettes.”

There’s alot of faux outrage out there, as the Cordoba Crowds in NYC have shown us. Given the extensive cost to normal livelihoods by the continued prison construction and law enforcement funding required by prohibition, Facebook does deserve to be boycotted for trying to silence a group like Just Say Now.

Just Say Now’s Jane Hamsher, founder of, is also on the side of liberty in her fight against punitive immigration laws. Check out an appearance she did that I posted at my website Voice of the Migrant. She’s also a cancer survivor and all around political superhero. Give her support and take it away from Facebook.

  • Obdicut

    The widespread, cross-partisan stance against legalization of marijuana in American politics seems to me to be another symptom of the anti-science sentiment lurking in this country.

    There is no logical, scientific way that one can conclude marijuana should be illegal and cigarettes and alcohol legal. There is no scientific or logical way to examine patterns of usage of these drugs and conclude criminalizing them is the best way to deal with their usage, either.

    That Facebook, a private entity with no voting public to satisfy, would engage in this non-scientific stance is frankly baffling. I don’t get what it is they are after, unless it’s the vague approval of the crowd of people who think marijuana is evil; I don’t think those people are likely to be large consumers of Facebook.

  • Michael O. Powell

    That’s actually a really, really good point. I never thought of that. Articles of faith are a really good contributor to alot of society’s ills, from drug prohibition to racism as well (despite strong evidence that there is no genetic difference between “races” people of various cultures apparently want to believe there is).

    I look forward to having you here at TLP, Obdicut. I like the way you think.