Facebook says Elizabeth Warren ad pulled for violating policy

March 12, 2019

Facebook quickly backed off its removal of several ads from Sen. Elizabeth Warren touting her plan to break up the social-media giant.

According to a report in Politico Monday evening, Facebook had taken down several ads from Ms. Warren’s presidential campaign that touted her vow to break up Facebook, along with Google and Amazon.

“This ad was taken down because it goes against Facebook’s advertising policies,” a message attached to all three advertisements in question read.

However almost as soon as Politico broke the story, Facebook reversed course.

“We removed the ads because they violated our policies against use of our corporate logo,” a Facebook spokesperson told Politico. “In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads.”

There was no response from the Warren campaign, either before or after the restoration.

Under the law governing television, the major networks could not refuse a campaign’s paid political ad for such content-related reasons.