Drugs are bad, mkaaaay!
Despite marijuana being legal in Colorado and Washington, these three tech giants have decided that they won’t allow weed to be advertised on their platforms according to GigaOm. So even though stoners – and people with legitimate health issues – can buy weed in shops in these two states, Internet users are unlikely to see it on their screens any time soon, much to the derision of the marijuana industry.
“The risk of attempting to allow ads promoting the drug in certain states or countries where it is legal is too high (no pun intended) for us to consider at this time,” Facebook spokesman Tim Rathschmidt told GigaOm by email.
Google followed suit with a similar response: “Google doesn’t allow substances that can alter the function of the brain to induce unnatural euphoria, or alter reality, such as marijuana, cocaine, magic mushrooms, herbal ecstasy, etc.” as stated in their advertising guidelines.
Interestingly, a substance that alters reality (after enough, anyway), alcohol, is freely advertised on both Facebook and Google.
Twitter are as anti-weed as their competitors but were unable to comment since it was 4.20 and they had an important meeting.
Written by Paul Leck Davidson