Facebook Deletes Elizabeth Warren Ads Criticizing Company, Restores Them After Backlash

Facebook Deletes Elizabeth Warren Ads Criticizing Company, Restores Them After Backlash

Facebook deleted three ads from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren criticizing the company after she called to break up large tech corporations.

Facebook confirmed that it briefly deleted three ads paid for by Warren’s 2020 presidential campaign because they “violated our policies against use of our corporate logo,” The Washington Post reported. The ads were soon restored after reports about the move went viral.

"In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads,” the company told The Post.

The ads targeted Facebook along with Amazon and Google.

“Three companies have vast power over our economy and our democracy,” the ads said. “Facebook, Amazon, and Google. We all use them. But in their rise to power, they’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field in their favor.”

Warren says Facebook just proved her point:

“Curious why I think FB has too much power?” Warren asked after Facebook took down the ads. “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.”

“You shouldn't have to contact Facebook's publicists in order for them to decide to ‘allow robust debate’ about Facebook. They shouldn’t have that much power,” she added.

Warren calls to break up big tech companies:

Warren became the first 2020 candidate to release a plan outlining her call to break up big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

Noting that half of e-commerce goes through Amazon and more than 70 percent of all web traffic goes through Google or Facebook, Warren wrote that “they have used their resources and control over the way we use the Internet to squash small businesses and innovation, and substitute their own financial interests for the broader interests of the American people.”

Warren wrote that all three companies have used mergers to limit competition and proprietary tech to squash small businesses. She called for “legislation that requires large tech platforms to be designated as ‘Platform Utilities’ and broken apart from any participant on that platform.”

“Companies with an annual global revenue of $25 billion or more and that offer to the public an online marketplace, an exchange, or a platform for connecting third parties would be designated as ‘platform utilities,’” she wrote. “These companies would be prohibited from owning both the platform utility and any participants on that platform. Platform utilities would be required to meet a standard of fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory dealing with users. Platform utilities would not be allowed to transfer or share data with third parties.”

She also vowed to appoint “regulators committed to reversing illegal and anti-competitive tech mergers,” specifically targeting Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods and Zappos, Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram, and Google’s acquisitions of Waze, Nest, and DoubleClick.

“Small businesses would have a fair shot to sell their products on Amazon without the fear of Amazon pushing them out of business,” she wrote. “Google couldn’t smother competitors by demoting their products on Google Search. Facebook would face real pressure from Instagram and WhatsApp to improve the user experience and protect our privacy. Tech entrepreneurs would have a fighting chance to compete against the tech giants.”