Meta Rolls Out AI-Powered Brand Suitability Controls

Last year, Meta began testing new safety controls in the form of filters designed to prevent ads from appearing in risky Feed placements. The company wanted to give advertisers a better idea of what content would surround their ads on Facebook and Instagram.

Now, Meta is rolling out these tools for advertisers in English-speaking and Spanish-speaking markets, as well as AI-powered third-party verification via brand-suitability marketing firm Zefr, which reports independently to brands how well the filters performed.

Artificial intelligence makes up the backbone of Meta’s review system, which “learns to classify content in Facebook and Instagram Feeds” while adhering to industry standards set by Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM) and its “Suitability Framework.”

According to the tech giant, the system works with text, video and images, effectively determining if the content meets Meta’s monetization policies. If not, the system declares the content ineligible to appear above or below ads. When the content is deemed eligible, “the models assign it to a suitability category.”

Advertisers can now choose from three settings to control the type of monetizable content that appears above and below an ad, including “expanded inventory” (the default setting), “moderate inventory” (for advertisers wanting to exclude high risk content), and “limited inventory” (for advertisers wanting exclude medium and high risk content).

Meta's Vice President of Client Council and Industry Trades Relations Samantha Stetson told AdAge that the company has already tested the program with over 25 advertisers and plans on bringing more third-party verification partners, including DoubleVerify and Integral Ad Science.

The company also plans to develop the same filters for Reels and Stories.

Starting Thursday, Meta's brand safety controls will begin appearing as an option in its ads manager platform, though it may take time for all advertisers to see and use them.

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