Thursday, 21 March, 2019


Facebook temporarily removes Elizabeth Warren's ads calling for breakup of Facebook

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Conrad Doyle | 12 March, 2019, 14:11

A company spokesperson told Politico that the ads had violated their ad rules against using Facebook's corporate logo. Blasting the vast power that conglomerates such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple have accumulated, Warren has unveiled plans to "unwind tech mergers" by introducing legislation that would bar the platforms from offering a marketplace and selling their services on that same marketplace. The removal of Warren's ads comes days after she detailed her vision for tech regulation in a lengthy blog post, in which she argued that any tech platforms with more than $25 billion in revenue should be designated a "platform utility" and, as such, should be prohibited from profiting off the data of its users.

Politico noted the only some of Warren's ads had been taken down, not all of them.

Facebook did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.

"Curious why I think FB has too much power?"

Not all of Warren's presidential campaign ads were affected.

"Facebook is letting us share our video again (thanks, by the way)", the email read.

Whether Facebook's brief censorship "shut down a debate" is questionable: numerous other Warren advertisements with a similar anti-tech message remained active during the brief block. "It's for people who are tech entrepreneurs it's for people who have small businesses and want to grow big businesses, it's for people who have medium-sized businesses and want to grow them", Warren added that she does not want large tech firms to use their information and power to stile smaller, rising, firms.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat vying for the presidency, didn't have to search far and wide for ammunition in her salvo against Facebook and other technology giants.

The ads apparently used Facebook's logo without permission.

"I wanted a social media marketplace that isn't dominated by a single censor", she tweeted Monday night. U.S. sharemarkets are unfazed by Warren's threats of regulation, and tech stocks rose. Venture capitalists are now hesitant to fund new startups to compete with these big tech companies because it's so easy for the big companies to either snap up growing competitors or drive them out of business.

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