In a move that surprises no one whatsoever, Facebook's labyrinthian rules regarding ad content are so dumb that they wound up blocking their own, approved material. It's like some sort of Silicon Valley algorithm ouroboros.
According to a post on DNA Lounge's site, Hubba Hubba Revue, the burlesque show which performs regularly at DNA, has been hit with frustration after frustration over Facebook's ad system. Previously, Hubba Hubba host Kingfish would only get the occasional "THIS CONTENT HAS BEEN REMOVED BECAUSE PORN" email from Facebook's system, which is to be expected. Who hasn't flagged something as porn that wasn't porn before just to screw around? But this time, he ran into an even bigger hurdle.
Using the above photo, Kingfish had the ad taken down and was told: "Ads are not allowed to promote the sale or use of adult products or services, including toys, videos, publications, live shows or sexual enhancement products." He tried using various photos with only faces, including a stock photo that Facebook provides themselves and, well:
What did Facebook have to say?
Thanks for writing in. I'm here to help.
Your ad was rejected because the image doesn't follow our ad guidelines. Ads and there pages may not use overly sexual images, suggest nudity, show a lot of skin or cleavage, or focus unnecessarily on specific body parts.
Thanks for the help, Facebook.
Well put.(via DNA Lounge)