After announcing her bid for president, Senator Warren told the crowd at her rally a candid story about how she was forced to potty-train her daughter in just 5 days.
Facebook removed and then reinstated several of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ads the Democratic presidential candidate placed on the social network touting her plan to break up big tech companies.
The Massachusetts senator on March 8 issued a plan to curtail growing monopolies owned by Amazon, Google and Facebook because she says they stifle innovation and hurt small businesses.
Facebook pulled four of Warren’s ads Monday because they violated the social network’s policy against the misuse of Facebook’s logo, the company said in a statement sent to USA TODAY. A video that appeared in the ads used the letter “f,” to represent Facebook.
But Facebook reinstated the ads shortly thereafter. “In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads,” the company said.
The majority of Warren’s ads, nine others placed on Facebook, were not affected.
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Facebook’s action, first reported by Politico on Monday, led to Warren commenting on Twitter that the social network basically confirmed the point of her ads.
“Curious why I think FB has too much power?” she asked in her tweet. “Let’s start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power.”
Warren did thank the company for restoring her posts, but added, “I want a social media marketplace that isn’t dominated by a single censor.”
In her plan, entitled “Here’s How We Can Break Up Big Tech,” Warren said she would support regulators breaking up “anti-competitive” mergers such as Facebook’s acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as Amazon’s deals for Whole Foods and Zappos, and Google’s acquisitions of Waze, Nest and DoubleClick.
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