Facebook teen alcohol, drug, gambling ad approvals
Occurred: May 2021
Research studies in the US and Australia show Facebook has been approving adverts targetting teen kids interested in smoking, alcohol, gambling, and extreme weight loss.
Using a fake account, Reset Australia discovered advertisers could target teenagers on user interest areas such as gambling, smoking, alcohol and dating status.
Using a similar process, the Tech Transparency Project found Facebook approved ads for pills, eating disorders, and dating services for kids as young as 13 years old.
Country: USA; Australia
Purpose: Review advertising
Technology: Advertising management system
Transparency: Governance; Black box