Can you guess why this ad was rejected by Facebook? It targets women. No, seriously Some TDS (tedious) deranged nutbag at a site called Popular Info complained that it violated Facebook rules so they told the Trump campaign to take it down.
Donald Trump has a problem with women. Recent polling shows that 60% of women or more disapprove of Trump’s presidency. An ABC poll found that Trump lags far behind the four leading Democratic presidential candidates among women, trailing Biden (-20), Harris (-15), Sanders (-13), and Warren (-11)
So Trump is attempting to rally support from women with Facebook ads like this:
There is just one problem: this ad, and others like it, violate Facebook’s rules.
Facebook’s advertising guidelines list thirty varieties of prohibited content. Number twelve on the list prohibits ads that target “personal attributes.” Facebook says ads must not include “direct or indirect assertions or implications about a person’s… gender identity.”
Trump’s ad is clearly prohibited, but Facebook allowed it to run until an inquiry by Popular Information. “We’ve notified the campaign that the ads violate policy. They can’t continue to run unless fixed,” a Facebook spokesperson told Popular Information.
Last year, Facebook promised to hire 3,000 to 4,000 people to manually review political ads for violations. But the company admitted to Popular Information earlier this year that it still “relies primarily on automated tools to check ads against these policies.” That system is not working. In April, Facebook allowed the Trump campaign to run a series of ads containing the phrase “Attention Ladies.” The ads were not removed until Popular Information asked Facebook about the violation.
I’m not going to quote any more of the nutbaggery.
I guess Facebook will no longer accept ads for tampons and other feminine hygiene products.
The really depressing thing is knowing with absolute certainty that this is not peak stupid. Soon, probably within 24 hours, something even stupider will come along.