Translating Facebook’s New Ad Policy Manifesto

Facebook is laying down the law on ads this week with a new mission statement that is meant to clarify how it operates in the marketplace.

On Monday, an ad policy manifesto attributed to VP of ad product Rob Goldman appeared on the Facebook blog. It also was reposted on Facebook by executives like Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. “We’re publishing the principles that guide our approach to advertising across Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger,” Sandberg wrote. “We want our platforms to be a place where people connect with the businesses they care about in safe and meaningful ways.”

So what are these ad principles and why is Facebook focused on delivering them at precisely this moment? Well, as with all things public relations, the corporate speak could use some plain translation. Here’s what Facebook is trying to say, and why it’s saying so now:

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