March 23, 2019

Facebook Proves Warren's Point About Big Tech

“Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s latest push to break up social media giant Facebook got a boost this week from the social media platform itself.

The Democratic presidential candidate unveiled her latest war against corporate titans last week — a proposal to break up tech companies like Facebook, Amazon and Google by forcing them to separate or sell off parts of their businesses and reverse major mergers. Over the weekend, Facebook handed Warren a prime example of its power: the removal of the Warren presidential campaign’s ads placed on Facebook touting her new policy.
A Facebook spokesperson said Monday that the company originally removed four of Warren’s ads because of a policy violation against using Facebook’s logo, but that it had restored them. The spokesperson pointed to a company policy that bans modified Facebook logos from being featured in ads. Among the Warren ads that were removed included a Facebook “f” surrounded by a comic-book dialogue bubble, along with icons to represent Amazon and Google. The spokesperson also noted that other Warren ads calling for the breakup of Facebook and other companies were not touched because they did not include modified Facebook logos.

Still, Warren was quick to seize on the snafu.”

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