January 12

Facebook Bans Ads for Bail Bonds

Facebook has made changes to its advertising policies, which involves restricting ads for addiction treatment centers and prohibiting all ads for bail bonds.

These updates apply to ads on Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Audience Network.

Facebook’s decision to ban ads for bail bonds is due to the exploitative nature of bail bond offers that take advantage of people who cannot afford to post bail.

This is similar to Facebook’s ad policies against payday loans. Facebook is protecting users from offers that sound good on paper but could lead to crippling debt.

Facebook is confident it’s making the right move:

“We consulted a wide range of policy experts, advocates and community organizations working in criminal justice to ensure we’re taking the right approach.”

Google banned ads for bail bonds last month for the same reasons.

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