It was Senator Elizabeth Warren’s classic campaign message: Facebook, Google and Amazon were corporate bullies trampling the public’s rights. On March 8, the presidential hopeful ran a Facebook video ad for her plan to unwind Facebook’s “anti-competitive” acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram.
Days later, the ad disappeared from the social network. Facebook told Quartz it took the ad down because it featured the Facebook logo violating policies that forbid advertisers from using Facebook’s corporate trademark. The company later restored it in the interest of “robust debate.”
But Warren’s camp was already on the offensive. “Curious why I think FB has too much power?” Warren tweeted on March 11. “Let’s start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power. Thanks for restoring my posts. But I want a social media marketplace that isn’t dominated by a single censor. #BreakUpBigTech.”