Alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes to be restricted on Instagram, Facebook

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Posted on July 25, 2019

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Facebook is unveiling a new policy to restrict sales and restrict content on tobacco products and alcohol, including e-cigarettes, a company spokeswoman was quoted by a report in CNN.

The new policy is reportedly aimed at prohibiting all the private trades, sales, transfers and gifting of alcohol and tobacco products on Mark Zuckerberg-led Facebook and Instagram.

As per the new policy, any brands which post content on sale or transfer of the said products will have to make a restriction on the content – for adults 18 or older.

The new policy, implemented on Wednesday, will also go into effect for Facebook groups which sell alcohol and tobacco products, as per the spokeswoman quoted in a CNN report. The social network giant is also reaching out to group administrators to tell them of the new changes.

Facebook is implementing the new rules and may crackdown on any groups which do not adhere to the new policy. Although the policies already disallow the sale of alcohol and tobacco in the fairly new Facebook Marketplace, the platform is also extending this ban to “organic content” which can be described as regular posts from private users.

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