The Commercial Appeal

Facebook pulls ads with violence, sex

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MENLO PARK — Facebook is pulling ads from pages that contain violence or sexual content.

The social network says that on Monday will expand its definition of pages and groups that are too controvers­ial to carry advertisem­ents.

Facebook has sought to strike a balance between giving its 1.1 billion monthly users the freedom to post what they want and providing advertiser­s with space to sell their products.

In May, Facebook Inc. lost more than a dozen advertiser­s, at least temporaril­y, after the activist group Women, Action and the Media urged an advertisin­g boycott to protest hate speech on the Facebook site.

Wire services

 ?? MATT STAMEY / ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? David Silverman, president of American Atheists, poses for photos by the atheist monument outside the Bradford County Courthouse on Saturday in Stark, Fla.
MATT STAMEY / ASSOCIATED PRESS David Silverman, president of American Atheists, poses for photos by the atheist monument outside the Bradford County Courthouse on Saturday in Stark, Fla.

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