has banned Republican congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng’s campaign
video ad about communist crimes that led her family to flee Cambodia for
the U.S., claiming the platform doesn’t allow “shocking, disrespectful,
or sensational” content.
Heng, who is running for California’s 16th congressional district seat, made the
video about her parent’s escape from mass-murder by the Khmer Rouge
communists in the 1970s.
according to the Christian
Post, Facebook deemed the video to be “shocking, disrespectful or
sensational,” and refused to allow her to run the video as an ad on the
is unbelievable that Facebook could have such blatant disregard for the
history that so many people, including my own parents, have lived
through,” declared Heng in a statement. “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.”
Facebook nor any other company in the tech industry get to silence our
stories,” she continued. “We’ve seen it over and over again with
Republican candidates and organizations.”
reported by the Christian Post, “The Cambodian Civil War, which ended in
1975, killed an estimated 275,000–310,000 people and displaced two
million others from rural areas.”
has censored political ads before. The platform blocked an
ad from Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), leading her to testify in front of
Congress about censorship.
the other hand, the platform has faced legal
problems in Washington for discriminatory ads,
such as excluding older
job applicants from seeing help wanted ads.