Political ads banned from San Francisco buses, trains, transit stops

Political ads banned from San Francisco buses, trains, transit stops
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San Francisco’s buses, trains and transit shelters will no longer display advertising that includes political messages, CBS San Francisco reports.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board voted unanimously -- and without discussion -- to approve a new advertising policy that prohibits ads concerning public or political issues.

The revised policy also prohibits ads that include profanity, violent images and descriptions, and ads that are insulting, disparaging, degrading, demeaning or otherwise offensive, as well as those that are viewed as potentially “harmful or disruptive.”

Political ads have caused controversy for Muni -- the transportation agency -- in the past. Most notably, a series of anti-Muslim ads posted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative in recent years have been denounced by city officials.

“These ads have generated complaints from our customers and our operators and have distracted from our ability to run the transit system,” Muni Finance Manager Gail Stein said Wednesday in a presentation to the board.
Read more at CBS News

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