In a curious sequence of events Monday that has gained the attention of some folks online, Facebook temporarily pulled some ads placed by Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. The affected ads, which were almost identical and included a video, directed Facebook users to a petition on Warren's website asking them "to support our plan to break up these big tech companies". "My view is break those things apart, and we will have a much more competitive robust market in America".
BuzzFeedNews reported that Facebook removed ads that were featuring a video with a thumbnail image of a Facebook logo.
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Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign that called for the breakup of the social network and other Big Tech companies.
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Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple are "platform utilities" in Warren's sights because not only do they own marketplaces, they take part in them and in doing so, undermine competition and crush small companies. Blasting the vast power that conglomerates such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple have accumulated, Warren has unveiled plans to "unwind tech mergers" by introducing legislation that would bar the platforms from offering a marketplace and selling their services on that same marketplace.
Facebook quickly backed off its removal of several ads from Sen. "But in their rise to power, they've bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field in their favor". The ads were ultimately restored to the site. Some remained because they did not use the logos of those firms.
Facebook owns other popular tech platforms, including photo-sharing site Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp, and Warren has argued the company has become too powerful. "Let's start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power", Warren wrote. Thanks for restoring my posts.
Facebook has been banning ads that include the Facebook logo or the word "Facebook" for nearly a decade Gizmodo explains. Facebook's database of political ads show that the ads are now running on the social network. She used the flap to warn that it was unsafe for cyberspace to by "dominated by a single censor".