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Why are my poker related facebook ads getting disapproved when there are more than a dozen similar ads currently running?
Facebook deems my ads to be prohibited according to 8 and 9 of Facebook's Advertising Guidelines
First of all, what do the ads that I've been trying to run look like (from most recently attempted to least)?
Okay, so what are the facebook guidelines preventing my ads from being approved?
The reason given to me for my ads being disapproved:
"The content advertised by this ad is restricted. Per sections 8 and 9 of Facebook's Advertising Guidelines, this content is prohibited from being advertised on Facebook. Ads for this product, service or site will not be accepted in any form, and may result in your account being disabled."
8. Language and image content
- Provocative images will not be accepted.
- Ads may not contain, facilitate or promote adult content, including nudity, sexual terms and/or images of people in positions or activities that are excessively suggestive or sexual.
- Ads may not contain, facilitate or promote offensive, profane, vulgar, obscene, or inappropriate language.
- Ads may not contain, facilitate or promote defamatory, libelous, slanderous and/or unlawful content.
9. Prohibited Content
We do not accept advertising referencing, facilitating or prompting the following:
- Tobacco products
- Ammunition, firearms, paintball guns, bb guns, or weapons of any kind
- Gambling, including without limitation any online casino, sports books, bingo, or poker
- Software downloads, freeware, or shareware
- Scams, illegal activity and/or illegal contests, pyramid schemes, or chain letters
- Uncertified pharmaceutical products
- Adult friend finders or dating sites with a sexual emphasis
- Adult toys, videos, or other adult products
- Web cams or surveillance equipment
- Web-based non-accredited colleges that offer degrees
- Inflammatory religious content
- Politically religious agendas and/or any known associations with hate, criminal and/or terrorist activities
- Political content that exploits political agendas or uses "hot button" political issues for commercial use regardless of whether the advertiser has a political agenda
- Hate speech, whether directed at an individual or a group, and whether based upon the race, sex, creed, national origin, religious affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation or language of such individual or group
- Content that advocates against any organization, person, or group of people, with the exception of candidates running for public office
- Content that depicts a health condition in a derogatory or inflammatory way or misrepresents a health condition in any way
Okay, let's analyze this. Well, first, my ads are not in violation of section 8 so I don't know why that's referenced. As for section 9, Prohibited Content, it is obvious that the only relevant bullet point is the 3rd one which lists "Gambling, including without limitation any online casino, sports books, bingo, or poker". Therefore, Facebook, according to section 9 of their Advertising Guidelines, makes the following statement: "We do not accept advertising referencing, facilitating or prompting gambling, including without limitation any online casino, sports books, bingo, or poker". To paraphrase, for these purposes, all Facebook advertisements that reference poker-related gambling, facilitate poker-related gambling or prompt poker-related gambling are prohibited, and therefore will not be accepted.
Well, I would like to argue that pokerteambankroll.com is simply a free service for tracking your home game poker activity and is not a gambling website by any means. However, I suppose you could say that it references gambling.
So, policy is policy I guess. Fine.
I don't agree with it, but I can respect it...
What I can't respect is that there have recently been or are currently a dozen or more ads running that reference, facilitate or prompt poker-related gambling running on facebook while my ad gets denied.
These ads are have very recently run and/or are currently running on Facebook
Allowing these 20 ads to run, and probably others, Facebook is blatantly ignoring the same Guideline rules that they are enforcing on my ads.
Many of these ads are way more in violation than my ads.
For example, the Full Tilt Poker Bonus Ad advertises bonus $ when you deposit money from your bank into yout FTP online poker casino account. Are you kidding me?
And Beau Rivage is an actual physical casino!
And WPT Boot Camp? That's advertising World Poker Tour classes for learning how to be a better poker player and win more poker tournaments!
Dream Team Poker is advertising actual live casino poker tournaments in Las Vegas!
Give me one good reason why any of these ads passed guidelines inspections while mine did not.
My ads for pokerteambankroll.com advertise a free website that allows home game poker players, friends that play poker at home together, a utility to communicate with their poker buddies and keep track of their statistics. Poker Team Bankroll is nothing more than a free team management/statistics utility for home game poker players, but it is being treated as if it were illegal.
HOME POKER GAMES ARE LEGAL IN 45 STATES.
Dear Facebook, kindly approve my ad to be fair to me... or better yet, change your guidelines so that my ad can be approved and this hypocrisy no longer exists.
- Matt Gai, President of Big Huge Productions, Inc. and Creator of Poker Team Bankroll