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Overview

		The Ad Review Process Before ads show up on Facebook or Instagram, they’re reviewed to make sure they meet our Advertising Policies (formerly known as the "Advertising Guidelines"). Typically most ads are reviewed within 24 hours, although in some cases it may take longer. Below are three of the most common reasons why ads don't pass our review. 

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		Using Text in Images Ads may not include images with text that covers more than 20% of the image's area.  In part, this is because using images with minimal text makes your content more engaging and helps to ensure that people only see high-quality content on Facebook and Instagram. This guideline applies to all ads, including video thumbnails.  You can use our grid tool to see if your ad images meet the requirement for this policy. Learn more about this policy. If you still have questions about an ad of yours that was disapproved, please contact us. 

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Mentioning Facebook in Your Ads Sometimes you may need to refer to Facebook in an ad. There are a few rules to remember when you do this. DO: • Write “Facebook” with a capital “F”
 • Display the word “Facebook” in the same font size and style as the content surrounding it
DON'T: • Use the Facebook logo in place of the word “Facebook”
 • Make Facebook plural, use it as a verb or abbreviate it
 • Use an altered version of the Facebook logo in the image for your ad
Learn more about this policy. If you have questions about an ad of yours that was wasn’t approved, please contact us. 		

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		Age-Restricted Material Some ads aren’t approved because they might be trying to show photos or messages to an audience that's too young. For example, ads for alcohol must meet certain guidelines which include restrictions on age based on the targeted location's laws on alcohol ads. Learn more about this policy. If you have questions about an ad of yours that was disapproved, please contact us. 

Things You Should Know

	 The Advertising Policies apply to (1) all ads and commercial content served by or purchased through Facebook, on or off the Facebook services, including ads purchased under AAAA/IAB Standard Terms and Conditions, (2) ads appearing within apps on Facebook, and (3) ads on Instagram. Your use of Facebook’s advertising products and services is part of “Facebook” under Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms, the “SRR”) and is subject to the SRR.You may be subject to additional terms or guidelines if you use Instagram or certain Facebook advertising-related products or services.
	 Advertisers are responsible for understanding and complying with all applicable laws and regulations. Failure to comply may result in a variety of consequences, including the cancellation of ads you have placed and termination of your account.
	 We do not use sensitive personal data for ad targeting. Topics you choose for targeting your ad don't reflect the personal beliefs, characteristics or values of users.
	 If you are managing ads on behalf of other advertisers, each advertiser or client must be managed through separate ad accounts. You must not change the advertiser or client associated with an established ad account; set up a new account. You are responsible for ensuring that each advertiser complies with these Advertising Policies.
	 We reserve the right to reject, approve or remove any ad for any reason, in our sole discretion, including ads that negatively affect our relationship with our users or that promote content, services, or activities, contrary to our competitive position, interests, or advertising philosophy.
	 For policies that require prior written permission, Facebook or a Facebook Company may grant these permissions.
	 These policies are subject to change at any time without notice.

Prohibited Content

	 Ads must not constitute, facilitate, or promote illegal products, services or activities. Ads targeted to minors must not promote products, services, or content that are inappropriate, illegal, or unsafe, or that exploit, mislead, or exert undue pressure on the age groups targeted.

	 Ads must not promote the sale or use of the following: 

	 Illegal, prescription, or recreational drugs;
	 Tobacco products and related paraphernalia;
	 Unsafe supplements, as determined by Facebook in its sole discretion;
	 Weapons, ammunition, or explosives; or 
	 Adult products or services (except for ads for family planning and contraception).

	 All ads must not violate our Community Standards. Ads on Instagram must not violate the Instagram Community Guidelines. Additionally, ads must not contain any of the following: 

	 Content that infringes upon or violates the rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other personal or proprietary rights.
	 Adult content. This includes nudity, depictions of people in explicit or suggestive positions, or activities that are overly suggestive or sexually provocative. EXAMPLE Images may not be overly sexual, imply nudity, show excessive amounts of skin or cleavage, or focus unnecessarily on body parts - even if portrayed for artistic or educational reasons. 

		Avoid images that are overly sexual.

		Avoid images that are sexually suggestive.

	 Shocking, sensational, disrespectful, or excessively violent content. EXAMPLE Images that are scary, gory or sensational are not allowed as they may shock or evoke a negative response from viewers. 

		Avoid images that may shock or scare viewers.

		Avoid images that are violent or confronting.

	 Content that asserts or implies personal attributes. This includes direct or indirect assertions or implications about a person’s race, ethnic origin, religion, beliefs, age, sexual orientation or practices, gender identity, disability, medical condition (including physical or mental health), financial status, membership in a trade union, criminal record, or name. EXAMPLE: RACE, RELIGION, NAME Referring to people's personal attributes is not allowed. Using the word "other" may also cause your ad to be disapproved. 

		Meet Black Men today.Meet Christian Women.Personalized T-Shirts.

		Find Other Black Singles.Are You Christian?Buy This Shirt, Greg.

		These statements describe a service or product. They don't describe a person.
		 Avoid statements that assert or imply the race, religion or name of a person.

	 Deceptive, false, or misleading content, including deceptive claims, offers, or business practices.
	 Content that exploits controversial political or social issues for commercial purposes.
	 Audio or flash animation that plays automatically without a person's interaction or expands within Facebook after someone clicks on the ad.
	 Non-functional landing pages. This includes landing pages that interfere with a person’s ability to navigate away from the page.
	 Spyware, malware, or any software that results in an unexpected or deceptive experience. This includes links to sites containing these products.
	 Bad grammar or punctuation. Symbols, numbers, and letters must be used properly.
	 Images that portray nonexistent functionality. EXAMPLE Images may not portray nonexistent functionality such as a "play" button that suggests video capability or a "close" button that doesn't close. 

		The button in this image accurately describes what happens if someone clicks the ad.

		Avoid images that feature misleading elements, such as "play" buttons.

	 Images that contain "before-and-after" images or images that contain unexpected or unlikely results. EXAMPLE Images that emphasize an “ideal” body or body parts, or images showing unexpected or unlikely results - such as “before and after images” - are not allowed. 

		This image focuses on healthy habits rather than physical attributes.

		Avoid "before and after" images.

	 Payday loans, paycheck advances or any other short-term loan intended to cover someone's expenses until their next payday. 

Restricted Content

	 ALCOHOL: Ads that promote or reference alcohol must: (i) Comply with all applicable local laws, required or established industry codes, guidelines, licenses and approvals and (ii) apply age and country targeting criteria consistent with Facebook's targeting guidelines and applicable local laws. Note that ads that promote or reference alcohol are prohibited in the some countries, including but not limited to: Afghanistan, Brunei, Bangladesh, Egypt, Gambia, Kuwait, Libya, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, or Yemen. MORE INFORMATIONTARGETING: Subject to all applicable laws, regulations, industry codes and these guidelines. You may only target alcohol ads to the following age groups: 

	 Age requirements for India can be found here.
	 25 years or older in Sweden.
	 21 years or older in Cameroon, Micronesia, Palau, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka and the US.
	 20 years or older in Japan, Iceland, Thailand and Paraguay.
	 19 years or older in Canada, Korea and Nicaragua.
	 18 years or older in other country (excluding those countries specified in Section 3.1 of these Advertising Policies).

	 DATING: Ads for online dating services are only allowed with prior written permission. These must adhere to the dating targeting requirements and our dating quality guidelines found here.
	 ONLINE REAL MONEY GAMBLING/GAMES OF SKILL: Ads that promote or facilitate online real money gambling, real money games of skill or real money lotteries, including online real money casino, sports books, bingo, or poker, are only allowed with prior written permission.
	 STATE LOTTERIES: Lotteries run by government entities may advertise on Facebook, provided the ads are targeted in accordance with applicable law in the jurisdiction in which the ads will be served and only target users in the jurisdiction in which the lottery is available.
	 ONLINE PHARMACIES: Ads for online and offline pharmacies are only permitted with prior written permission.
	 SUPPLEMENTS: Ads that promote acceptable dietary and herbal supplements may only target users who are at least 18 years of age.
	 SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES: Ads for subscription services, or that promote products or services that include negative options, automatic renewal, free-to-pay conversion billing products, or mobile marketing are subject to our subscription services requirements found here.
	 BRANDED CONTENT: Ads from Verified Pages (with the blue badge) promoting branded content must tag the featured third party product, brand, or sponsor using the branded content tool. Branded content within ads is defined as content where the content’s editorial voice has been influenced by and features a third party product, brand, or sponsor (e.g. product placement, sponsorships, sponsor logos, etc.). When promoting branded content integrations, advertisers must use the Branded Content tool (please learn more here on how to tag the featured third party product, brand, or sponsor).

Video Ads

	 Video ads and other dynamic ad types must comply the all of the rules listed in these Advertising Policies, including the Community Standards, as well as the below policies. 

	 Prohibited content:  i. Interruptive experiences: Videos and other similar ad types must not use overly disruptive tactics, such as flashing screens. 

	 Entertainment related restrictions:  i. Ads for movie trailers, TV shows, video game trailers, and other similar content intended for mature audiences are only allowed with prior written permission from Facebook and must target people who are at least 18 years of age. Excessive depictions of the following content within these ads are not allowed: 

	 Drugs and alcohol use; 
	 Adult content; 
	 Profanity; or 
	 Violence and gore. 

Targeting

	 You must not use targeting options to discriminate against, harass, provoke, or disparage users or to engage in predatory advertising practices.
	 If you target your ads to custom audiences, you must comply with the applicable terms when creating an audience.

Positioning

	 RELEVANCY: All components of an ad, including any text, images, or other media, must be relevant and appropriate to the product or service being offered and the audience viewing the ad.
	 ACCURACY: Ads must clearly represent the company, product, service, or brand that is being advertised.
	 LANDING PAGES: Products and services promoted in the ad copy must match those promoted on the landing page, and the destination site may not offer or link to any prohibited product or service.

Text in Images

	 Ads must not include added or excessive text that comprises more than 20% of the image. EXAMPLE THE 20% TEXT POLICY DOESN'T INCLUDE: • Pictures of products that include text on the actual product (ex: book covers, album covers, movie posters). • Embedded text on images of games and apps. • Cartoons where text is part of the cartoon. THE 20% TEXT POLICY DOES INCLUDE: • Logos and slogans. • Images with text overlay (ex: watermarks). • Images that are clearly edited to include text on the product as a loophole to policy. Keep in mind text will be marked even if it occupies only a small portion of a box in the grid tool. 

		The only thing we consider text in this image is the logo on the bottom left.

		The amount of text in this image exceeds our 20% policy and would not be allowed in an ad.

Lead Ads

	 Advertisers must not create Lead Ads questions to request the following types of information without our prior written permission: 

	 The same or substantially similar information that you could use a Template Question to request;  • If we have a Template Question asking for information, you must use the Template Question rather than write your own question. For example, if you want to learn a person's age, you should use “Date of Birth,” not your own question asking, “How old are you?” or “What year were you born?” 
	 Government-issued identifiers;  • Including Social Security numbers, passport numbers or driver's license numbers.
	 Financial information;  • Including bank account numbers, bank routing numbers, credit or debit card numbers, credit scores, income, net worth or how much debt someone has.
	 Account numbers;  • Including frequent flyer numbers, loyalty card numbers or cable/telephone account numbers. 
	 Health information;  • Including physical health, mental health, medical treatments, medical conditions or disabilities.
	 Insurance information;  • Including current insurance policy numbers.
	 Usernames or passwords;  • Including usernames and passwords for existing and new accounts. For example, you shouldn't ask a person to create a username and set a password in your Lead Ad. If you're interested in having people sign up for an account, please consider using our “Continued Flow” option so the person can sign up through your website.
	 Race or ethnicity;  • For example, you shouldn't ask if the person identifies as African American, Hispanic, Asian or Caucasian.
	 Sexual orientation or information about the sexual life of the individual;  • Including what gender(s) the person prefers to date.
	 Religion or philosophical beliefs;
 • For example, you shouldn't ask if the person is a Christian or if they support the death penalty.	 Political affiliation;
 • For example, you shouldn't ask if a person is a registered Democrat, Republican, or Independent, or whether the person supports a particular politician. Similarly, you must not ask how a person plans to vote or has voted in previous elections.	 Trade Union membership status; or
 • For example, you shouldn't ask if the person is in a union, or what union the person is a part of.	 Criminal or arrest history;
 • For example, you shouldn't ask whether a person has been charged or convicted of a crime.

Use of our Brand Assets

	 Ads must not imply a Facebook or Instagram endorsement or partnership of any kind, or an endorsement by any other Facebook Company.
	 Ads linking to Facebook or Instagram branded content (including Pages, groups, events, or sites that use Facebook Login) may make limited reference to "Facebook" or "Instagram" in ad text for the purpose of clarifying the destination of the ad.
	 All other ads and landing pages must not use our copyrights, Trademarks, or any confusingly similar marks, except as expressly permitted by our Brand Usage Guidelines or the Instagram Brand Guidelines, or with our prior written permission.

Data Use Restrictions

	 Ensure any ad data collected, received or derived from your Facebook or Instagram ad (“Facebook advertising data”) is only shared with someone acting on your behalf, such as your service provider. You are responsible for ensuring your service providers protect any Facebook advertising data or any other information obtained from us, limit their use of all of that information, and keep it confidential and secure.
	 Don’t use Facebook advertising data for any purpose (including retargeting, commingling data across multiple advertisers’ campaigns, or allowing piggybacking or redirecting with tags), except on an aggregate and anonymous basis (unless authorized by Facebook) and only to assess the performance and effectiveness of your Facebook advertising campaigns.
	 Don’t use Facebook advertising data, including the targeting criteria for your ad, to build, append to, edit, influence, or augment user profiles, including profiles associated with any mobile device identifier or other unique identifier that identifies any particular user, browser, computer or device.
	 Don't transfer any Facebook advertising data (including anonymous, aggregate, or derived data) to any ad network, ad exchange, data broker or other advertising or monetization related service.

Advertising Policies

	 Overview
	 Things You Should Know
	 Prohibited Content
	 Restricted Content
	 Video Ads
	 Targeting
	 Positioning
	 Text in Images
	 Lead Ads
	 Use of our Brand Assets
	 Data Use Restrictions

Download  a printable version of our Advertising Policies (formerly known as the "Advertising Guidelines") Learn more about advertising on Facebook. Learn more about Instagram ad specifications.  Last updated April 26, 2016

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