Claim: Facebook has instituted a campaign banning marijuana-related posts and threatened to terminate the accounts of repeat offenders.
Examples: [Collected via Facebook, March 2014]
Origins: This message purportedly issued by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claims that beginning on 10 March 2014 Facebook will be implementing a 'no marijuana' campaign in order to create a "cleaner, drug-free family friendly network" at the request of users, and that members caught
The message is just a hoax, a clone of the similar Facebook "no swearing" campaign jape: Facebook has made no announcement nor sent any messages about launching an anti-marijuana campaign like the one described here (especially now that marijuana use has become legal in some parts of the U.S.). The joke appears to have originated on the Marijuana MAKES You Violent Facebook page, which reads like a satirical or troll site with outrageous messages condemning partakers of marijuana:
We on the other hand, will be remembered throughout history as the saviors of humanity and this planet. This is because we are fighting for an important cause that we believe in, instead of wasting our lives away and rotting our brains with a poisonous drug substance. When marijuana is eradicated from this planet, we (as well as all of our loyal supporters who have helped us achieve this goal) will be remembered as valiant and stalwart defenders of all that is good.
Either quit weed, join us in our efforts and become a hero who will be remembered throughout eternity, or continue to ruin your mind and body by ingesting toxic THC chemicals, and remain a forgettable loser nobody. The choice is yours.
Andrew Noyes, a spokesman for Facebook, said that the problem was the pot leaf. "It would be fine to note that you were informed by Facebook that the image in question was no long[er] acceptable for use in Facebook ads. The image of a pot leaf is classified with all smoking products and therefore is not acceptable under our policies," he told the group in an email.
Facebook's ad rules, however, only ban promotion of "[t]obacco products," not smoking in general.
Last updated: 19 August 2014