Facebook Prohibits Animal Sales
Social Media Network Enforcing Long-Standing Policy
Equestrians throughout the social media world have been up in arms after hearing that Facebook was removing horse sale ads from its network.
Several groups have formed (including Facebook Groups) to demand that Facebook repeal its decision.
A petition on Change.org currently boasts over 34,000 supporters.
While it is news that Facebook has begun cracking down on the sale of animals on its site, the policy is nothing new.
Facebook’s Commerce Policy states:
Items, products or services sold on Facebook must comply with our Community Standards as well as the Commerce Policies.
Number five on the list of prohibited items is “Animals”.
Some online have suggested that the ban was originally intended to deter puppy mills, but warn that the policy could lead to more dogs, cats and horses being abandoned or slaughtered.
It’s good advice to keep in mind that you don’t have any real “ownership” over your Facebook page/profile or Facebook’s policies; certainly not in the same way that you can control your own website. However, Facebook’s ease of use and large number of users has lead many to rely on it for key business initiatives.
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