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

Sen. Elizabeth Warren announces her official bid for president on Feb. 9 2019 in Lawrence Massachusetts

When it removed three of the Senator's advertisements - more than a dozen were apparently not affected - it replaced them with a message that said: "This ad was taken down because it goes against Facebook's advertising policies".

Facebook reinstated the ads on Monday, following reports on the removal, saying it wanted to allow for "robust debate".

Facebook's policies limit the extent to which advertisers can reference Facebook or Instagram in the text or imagery. "My view is break those things apart, and we will have a much more competitive robust market in America".

Warren also wants to make it hard for Google, Facebook, and other Silicon Valley giants to merge, thus hurting their business models.

Warren has differentiated herself from her fellow Democratic presidential contenders in calling for direct government intervention to downsize large tech companies. That's also the chief complaint of the company's biggest conservative critics.

"Twenty-five years ago, Facebook, Google, and Amazon didn't exist", Warren wrote in a post on Medium Friday.

"Three companies have vast power over our economy and our democracy", the ads said.

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

According to Politico, the social media giant temporarily removed an Facebook ad from Warren's presidential campaign promoting her newly unveiled plan to break up some of the biggest tech companies, including Facebook. They've bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else.

Ads linking to Facebook or Instagram content (including Pages, groups, events or sites that use Facebook Login) may make limited reference to "Facebook" or "Instagram" in ad text for the objective of clarifying the destination of the ad. "The logo is reserved for corporate use".

In a tweet, the Senator said that the event demonstrates how much power Facebook wields.

"It's time to break up Amazon, Google and Facebook", the ad reads, then links to a petition with an extensive follow-up.

Ads should not represent the Facebook brand in a way that makes it the most distinctive or prominent feature of the creative. Thanks for restoring my posts.

UPDATE: 10:26 P.M.: This article was updated to show the ads were instated by Facebook. But I want a social media marketplace that isn't dominated by a single censor.

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