Editor Note: The following is a press release sent to us regarding the issue that has unfolded between Little Libertarians and Facebook. Supporting images are posted below
Within just days of opening a Facebook shop, Libertarian children’s media company Little Libertarians was already encountering problems with the social media giant.
First came four days of rejection of the company’s ads. The tech giant’s reasoning for these rejections ranged from inconsistent to illogical.
Facebook claimed, for example, that the account was not authorized to run political ads even though it was, and even though the ads do not fall within Facebooks own definition of political content.
In other communications, Facebook admitted that the ads were not political in nature, only to change their decision afterward and pull the ads again.
Finally, a couple of ads were approved. But within hours, two of the store’s main products were pulled as “adult content”.
Ironically, the content was hardly aimed at adults. One product, a book called “Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take their Toys” is aimed at children 0-7 years old. It’s about sharing toys voluntarily. The other banned product was a lesson plan on self-ownership for children.
“We put in endless hours just to get these ads running, and right after launch our main product was pulled,” says author and attorney Dorit Goikhman, “still, they refuse to refund the money for the ad campaign which ran while the products were pulled. This is fraudulent.”
While the products have since been restored following an appeal, Facebook has offered no reasoning as to why the products were pulled in the first place. Facebook also refuses to explain why it won’t issue a refund for the ads it ran while the products were pulled. In fact, there were ads that turned on even after the product was pulled.
The author contends that the books are not political in nature, and rather are based on libertarian philosophical principles.
“While they are not overtly banning my products, Facebook’s behavior is effectively achieving the same result. I don’t believe in regulation of social media companies, but I do believe it’s illegal for an advertiser to take your money for advertising a banned product. Once my product was improperly removed, the ads should have been shut off.”