Facebook removes ads by US Senator, restores later

2020 Democratic presidential candidates are looking to target big tech companies.

Warren went on to thank Facebook for restoring her ads and called for a "social media marketplace that isn't dominated by a single censor".

"More competition means more options for consumers and content creators, and more pressure on companies like Facebook to address the glaring problems with their businesses", she wrote in a Medium post last week.

The ads promoted the progressive senator's new plan announced in a Team Warren blog post Friday which declares: "It's time to breakup Amazon, Google, and Facebook". A Facebook spokesman said the ads were removed because they included an image of the Facebook logo, which is against the company's policies.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has said she wants to break up several of the tech industry's largest players, but over the years, she's accepted thousands of dollars from many of their employees, a new report says. If you like, that's trying to integrate Apple, Amazon Web Services, Nokia Siemens/Ericsson, Intel/Qualcomm and Google within one massive company.

The ads she placed on Facebook contains the very same rationale behind her wanting to dissolve the tech giants. "Let's start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power", the MA senator wrote, using the hashtag #BreakUpBigTech. Warren also said she'll nullify mega-mergers, like Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram; the merger of Amazon.com with Whole Foods and Zappos, and Google's acquisition of companies like Waze. A spokesperson told the outlet the only reason the ads were removed is because they violated the platform's policies by using their corporate logo.

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.

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.

"The logo is reserved for corporate use". Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) presidential campaign over the weekend.

"We must ensure that today's tech giants do not crowd out potential competitors, smother the next generation of great tech companies, and wield so much power that they can undermine our democracy", contends Sen.

Any company with annual global revenue of over US$25 billion ($36.5b) and which owns an app store or similar marketplace would be designated a "platform utility" by Warren's government, and be broken up.

Vanessa Coleman

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