Sen. Elizabeth Warren called out Facebook on Monday for taking down campaign advertisement videos that propose big breakups for major tech companies.
Warren announced her plan last week titled, “Here’s How We Can Break Up Big Tech”, which focuses on breaking up “anti-competitive” mergers, including Facebook’s acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram.
The Facebook advertisements that Warren posted on Friday, specifically target the company for their past privacy actions and power. “Three companies have vast power over our economy and our democracy. Facebook, Amazon, and Google,” the ad read according to Politico.
“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.”
Facebook soon took three of the ads down with messages stating, “This ad was taken down because it goes against Facebook’s advertising policies.”
A Facebook spokesperson later confirmed to Politico the advertisements were taken down because they contained the company’s logo, which violated their policy but added, “In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads.”
Warren tweeted her frustrations toward the company and reiterated the example of their ability to censor her post as her inspirations for the proposal.
“Curious why I think [Facebook] has too much power? Let’s start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether [Facebook] has too much power. Thanks for restoring my posts. But I want a social media marketplace that isn’t dominated by a single censor,” she said.
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
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) March 11, 2019
Warren most recently took to Twitter on Monday, posting a video of her talking to supporters in Long Island City where she compared the “Hunger Games” to the system of how Amazon and other big companies pit areas against each other for the most financial gain.