Twitter has updated its rules that blocked many advertisements for condoms and sexual health. And condom retailer Lucky Bloke, the first company to speak out about the issue, finally had its advertising ban lifted after nine months of complaints and public campaigns to get the policy changed.
The controversy resurfaced last week when Washingtonian.com reported that Washington, D.C.’s Department of Health had similar trouble with posting condom ads to Twitter.
Since Wednesday morning, when RH Reality Check reported on a condom company that had its account barred from advertising on Twitter, three other companies have come forward to allege that Twitter censored their ads about condoms or sexual health information.
Twitter’s confusing ad policies stifle the promotion of basic, vitally important health products such as condoms.
While Twitter doesn’t technically prohibit condom ads, it does prohibit advertising for unspecified forms of “contraceptives,” which could keep groups from spreading information about sexual health.