Pretty funny, actually. Just Say Now tried to advertise on Reddit — you know, the discussion site with more discussions about marijuana and other drugs than just about anywhere else. Turns out Conde Nast, which owns Reddit, vetoed the ads at the “highest level”
The decision, from Conde Nastâ€™s â€œcorporate office,â€ according to Reddit, pertained not just to images of a marijuana leaf, but of all marijuana legalization advertising.
Well, naturally, everyone at Reddit got pretty pissed off.
The updates from Reddit to this story are really delightful:
The reddit admins were just blindsided with news that, apparently, weâ€™re not allowed to take advertising money from sites that support Californiaâ€™s Prop 19 (like this one, for example). Thereâ€™s a lot of rabble flying around, and we wanted to make some points:
- This was a decision made at the highest levels of Conde Nast.
- reddit itself strongly disagrees with it, and frankly thinks itâ€™s ridiculous that weâ€™re turning away advertising money.
- Weâ€™re trying to convince Corporate that theyâ€™re making the wrong decision here, and we encourage the community to create a petition, so that your anger is organized in a way that will produce results.
- Weâ€™re trying to get an official response from Corporate that we can post here.
Please bear with us.
Edit: We have a statement from Corporate: â€œAs a corporation, Conde Nast does not want to benefit financially from this particular issue.â€
Edit 2: Since weâ€™re not allowed to benefit financially, reddit is now running the ads for free.
This is an open thread.