Election meddling: Facebook blocks Asian GOP woman’s campaign advertisement

On Monday, The Daily Wire reported that Facebook, the site once dubbed “the world’s most dangerous censor” by Breitbart, engaged in a bit of election meddling when it reportedly reportedly blocked an advertisement video posted by Elizabeth Heng, a Republican running for California’s 14th Congressional District House seat, because they deemed it “shocking, disrespectful or sensational.”

According to the Christian Post, Heng’s video shows “her America immigrant parents, who survived brutalities by the Khmer Rouge communists during the Cambodian Civil War.”

“It is unbelievable that Facebook could have such blatant disregard for the history that so many people, including my own parents, have lived through,”the 33-year-old Heng said.

Anugrah Kumar added:

Will this presidential election be the most important in American history?

“We don’t allow ads that contain shocking, disrespectful or sensational content, including ads that depict violence or threats of violence,” her campaign was notified by Facebook on Friday, according to National Review.

The Cambodian Civil War, which ended in 1975, killed an estimated 275,000–310,000 people and displaced two million others from rural areas.

“I’m sure it is shocking for some people to hear about this kind of injustice, but this is reality. This is why I wake up every single day with the fight and determination to have a voice and make a difference in my community,” Heng says. “Neither Facebook nor any other company in the tech industry get to silence our stories. We’ve seen it over and over again with Republican candidates and organizations.”

The video, Kumar said, can still be viewed on Facebook, but Heng was blocked from placing it as an ad. As of this writing, the Facebook video cannot be embedded, but you can watch the video, which does contain images of violence from the Cambodian Civil War, here:

It’s long past time for Republicans to get off their thumbs and take action to stop the wholesale censorship of content they don’t like…


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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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