Facebook restores ads calling for it to be broken up

Darnell Taylor
March 12, 2019

The ads, which were placed for less than $100 each, direct would-be supporters to Warren's campaign website, where they are urged to donate "to support our plan to break up these big tech companies".

"Three companies have vast power over our economy and our democracy", read the ads, which were placed on Friday.

Warren's ads targeted Facebook, Amazon and Google.

Unless they too are cut down to size, breaking up United States tech companies would only provide temporary breathing space before their Chinese counterparts rush in and take over. They've bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else. "Now they are among the most valuable and well-known companies in the world. Facebook, Amazon, and Google", the ads read.

A campaigner from a political pressure group protests as founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg failed to attend a meeting on fake news held by Parliament's Digital, Culture Media and Sport committee in London November 27, 2018. However, within 20 minutes after their article published, Facebook reversed course.

Politico reported Monday the three ads had been taken down, with a message saying the ad had been removed "because it goes against Facebook's advertising policies".

"We removed the ads because they violated our policies against use of our corporate logo", the spokesperson told Politico.

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Reacting to the ads' removal Monday night, Warren tweeted the episode was evidence of why her proposal is needed. But I want a social media marketplace that isn't dominated by a single censor.

Warren also sent out a fundraising email Monday night about pulled ad.

U.S. senator Elizabeth Warren thinks Apple has an unfair advantage on the App Store and believes the company should not be in control of the iOS app marketplace.

Facebook owns other popular tech platforms, including photo-sharing site Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp, and Warren has argued the company has become too powerful.

Following the group's formation, Stoller noted, Facebook instituted a ban on the use of the company name or logo in ads and group titles.

The presidential candidate would designate those tech giants and any other companies with at least $25 billion in yearly global revenue which "offer to the public an online marketplace, an exchange, or a platform for connecting third parties" as "platform utilities".

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