The Complete List of Restricted Advertising on Social Networks

The Complete List of Advertising Restrictions on Social Networks

The Complete List of Restricted Advertising on Social Networks

Social media networks have made it easy for businesses to market their products and reach a large audience all over the world. However, there are certain things you cannot advertise on social networks. As of August 2021, here are the lists of advertising restrictions on social networks that are in place. 

Across social media networks, “standard rules” apply for prohibited ad content. The standard rules include no promotion of illegal products, no promotion that includes trademarks that belong to others, and no promotion including deceptive practices. For you to manage a successful ad campaign, you must first know the types of content that are restricted or disallowed on social networks. Most of the restricted content and prohibited content follow similar standards from one platform to another. However, each platform has its own rules.

Facebook and Instagram

Here is the list of advertising restrictions that are allowed on Facebook and/or Instagram only after you’ve met Facebook requirements.

  1. Alcohol
  2. Dating
  3. Online Gambling and Gaming
  4. Promotion of Online Pharmacies
  5. Promotion of Over-The-Counter Drugs
  6. Subscription Services
  7. Financial and Insurance Products and Services
  8. Branded Content
  9. Ads About Social Issues, Elections or Politics
  10. Disclaimers for Ads About Social Issues, Elections or Politics
  11. Cryptocurrency Products and Services
  12. Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment
  13. Cosmetic Procedures and Wellness
  14. Social Casino Games
  15. Promotion of Prescription Drugs


TikTok restricts the following ad content.

  1. Alcohol
  2. Gambling and Lotteries
  3. Religion and Culture
  4. Protection of Minors
  5. Weight Control/Management
  6. Body Image
  7. HFSS Food and Drink (HFSS is short for foods high in fat, salt or sugar)


Here is the full list of restricted ads on LinkedIn.

  1. Animal Products
  2. Alcohol
  3. Dating Services
  4. Soliciting Funds
  5. Short Term Loans

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Twitter has advertising restrictions that are easy to follow. The social media platform does not allow out-of-the-ordinary ads.

  1. Adult Sexual Content
  2. Alcohol Content:
  3. Cause-based Advertising
  4. Copyright
  5. Counterfeit Goods
  6. Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia
  7. Endangered Species
  8. Financial Products and Services
  9. Gambling Content
  10. Hateful Content
  11. Healthcare
  12. Inappropriate Content
  13. Malware and Software Downloads
  14. Political Content
  15. Prohibited Content for Minors
  16. Quality
  17. State Media
  18. Tobacco and Tobacco Accessories
  19. Unauthorized Ticket Sales
  20. Unacceptable Business Practices
  21. Weapons and Weapon Accessories


Pinterest restricts the following ad content.

  1. Alcohol
  2. Contests and Sweepstakes
  3. Financial Products
  4. Gambling Products
  5. Healthcare Products
  6. Weight Loss Products and Services


Reddit’s restricted ad lists follow suit like any other social media platform. Here are some of the ads that Reddit restricts.

  1. Alcohol
  2. Third-Party Rights
  3. Gambling and Gambling Related Services 
  4. Political Advertisements
  5. Unofficial Resale of Event Tickets 
  6. Live Animals
  7. Dating Services 
  8. Financial/Cryptocurrency Products and Services
  9. Health and Wellness
  10. Recreational Drugs

When it comes to advertising on social networks, you have to follow the rules when advertising. Minor violations can cost you time and lead to your advertisement being rejected. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Following the above guidelines will ensure your ads get approved faster.

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