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Elizabeth Warren's banned Facebook ads weren't "censorship"

Added 03-14-19 12:35:02pm EST - “But don't let that stop you from complaining” - Hotair.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Hotair.com: “Elizabeth Warren's banned Facebook ads weren't "censorship"”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

With all the other campaign news sweeping across the media landscape, I’ll confess that I totally missed the story about Facebook censoring Elizabeth Warren. I only noticed it when someone pointed out this tweet from her “thanking” Facebook for “restoring her posts.”

Curious why I think FB has too much power? Let's start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power. Thanks for restoring my posts. But I want a social media marketplace that isn't dominated by a single censor. #BreakUpBigTech https://t.co/UPS6dozOxn

Wait. You mean she posted something on Facebook calling for the breakup of Big Tech (including Facebook) and they censored her? That’s outrageous!

Well… not so much. That was a very misleading tweet. First of all, those weren’t “posts” from Warren that were taken down. They were small, paid advertisements. And they weren’t refused because of her opinions about the social media giant. The ads broke the company’s advertising rules. Here’s a good explanation from Reason’s Scott Shackford.

To summarize, Warren attempted to purchase advertising on Facebook to promote her campaign to break up big tech, including Facebook. Three of her advertisements contained one of Facebook’s logos. Those ads (but not her others—that’s important to note) were rejected temporarily because Facebook has rules against using their logos in advertisements. The reasoning behind this is extremely logical—to avoid the possibility of confusing Facebook users over the difference between ads and “official” messages from Facebook itself.


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