A dating web site for Catholics has told Business Insider that it has been blocked from advertising on Facebook before Valentine's Day, reports Yahoo7.
The site's owners believe that CatholicSingles.com has been caught up in a larger Facebook restriction on certain dating sites advertising before February 14, which Business Insider first reported in January. There is no indication that Facebook is banning ads of faith, of course.
The policy is intended to reduce the amount of spam ads on Facebook, a Facebook spokesperson told us previously. Only dating sites that have an existing approval from a member of Facebook's sales staff can currently advertise on the site. No new dating sites will be accepted as ad clients until after Valentine's Day.
Tricia Delaney-Nevarez, who runs the CatholicSingles Facebook page, believes the block gives an unfair advantage to bigger, more established dating sites like Match.com and eHarmony:
Apparently we didn't make the 'cut' as a vetted advertiser and, in addition, they put a stop to boosting or promoting any posts on our page as well. I recently tried to 'boost' a story about the Pope and it was rejected. I can't imagine any other dating site that adheres to all the guidelines as much as we do.
The CatholicSingles Facebook page mostly carries page posts of blogs and articles pertaining to the faith. It has operated a Facebook page since 2008.
'All our ads and boosts have been approved in the past and payment accepted. When trying to contact Facebook and plead our case, we have been given the same replies as the site listed in your article. The lack of concern by Facebook for their small business partners has been very disappointing,' Delaney-Nevarez says.
FULL STORY Facebook Accused Of Banning Ads From Catholic Dating Site (Yahoo7)