Facebook is coming under fire once again by the LGBTQ community. This time, The Washington Post reports that dozens of LGBTQ adverts have been blocked.
“The ones that were incorrectly labeled have been removed from the archive and we apologize for the error,” Facebook spokeswoman Devon Kearns told The Washington Post. “We do not consider all ads that relate to LGBT under this policy, but rather only those that advocate for various policies or political positions, which several of these ads do.”
The ads that were apparently removed over advocating for such political positions were from pages like LGBT Centre Orange County, Montgomery County LGBT Business Council, Seattle Gay Families, and LGBT Pride. One post was from the Bisexual.org page, wishing bi Grey's Anatomy actress, Sara Ramirez a happy birthday.
Although these are apparently considered too political, Facebook has taken money in the past from evangelical activists in the past to target LGBTQ people, as well as pro-choice women and atheists. But earlier this year, Facebook quietly blocked ad targeting by sexual orientation, preventing LGBTQ organizations from reaching their targeted audiences.