Facebook under fire for arbitrary ban on a sensible advert

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Facebook under fire for arbitrary ban on a sensible advert


Facebook did not defend their decision to ban the Menopause Support advert for an upcoming workshop in Tetbury in October when the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire invited them to appear on her morning news and current affairs show.

Instead a former company employee was left to defend the platform. Di Danzebrink was there to take part in the show, and spoke forcefully about her anger that Facebook arbitrarily banned the ad because it contained the word “libido”.  Followers of the Menopause Support’s Facebook page posted some angry responses and the story has been widely shared. The interview can be seen on the BBC iPlayer by following this link. The item runs for around seven minutes starting at one hour and 18 minutes into the programme..



Our client Diane Danzebrink, who runs the Menopause Support campaign, was horrified to discover Facebook had banned her form advertising a menopause workshop .

Here’s our press release:

A campaigner for women’s health has hit out at Facebook after being banned from advertising a workshop for women giving advice on menopause.

Diane Danzebrink is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Women’s Voices Involvement Panel and is lay spokesperson on Menopause for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, as well as being an ambassador for the British Menopause Society.

She has organised the upcoming workshop with a GP, clinical menopause expert Dr Louise Newson, at Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury in October.

She was horrified to receive a message from Facebook that their planned ad “did not follow its advertising policies”.

“We don’t allow adverts that promote adult products such as genital surgery, non-surgical breast enhancement or libido-enhancing products” according to the statement.

An appeal against the ruling has not had a response, several days later, from the social media platform.

Said Diane: “It would seem menopause really is the last taboo for Facebook, and I’m disgusted by their response to what is an important subject, educating women about the menopause and what it can mean to their lives. This is a subject that affects every woman at some stage in their lives, and I feel this arbitrary “ban” is totally unjustified.

Hardly a day goes by that we are not subjected to images of horrifying cruelty on Facebook – one repulsive picture of a dog skinned alive has stayed in my mind for a long time – but the platform apparently does nothing to police them, while at the same time making arbitrary and ridiculous decisions such as this” she added.

Diane, who suffered serious menopause symptoms in her mid forties as a result of hysterectomy surgery, is a campaigner on the issue and runs the menopausesupport.co.uk website.

She has appeared on ITV News, BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire, the Radio 4 Today programme and many other television and radio programmes in the last few months talking about menopause issues.



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