Facebook and Instagram to restrict Alcohol and Tobacco content
04 August 2019 | 6:35 am
A new Facebook policy will limit sales and content related to alcohol and tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. The new policy prohibits private sales, trades and gifting of alcohol or tobacco on Facebook and Instagram, a spokeswoman told CNN.
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