Facebook briefly removed a handful of advertisements from the social network that were placed by Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign to publicize her proposal calling for the breakup of big technology companies, including Facebook. The company reversed the decision after the removal of the ads attracted wide attention on Monday.
Earlier in the day, Politico reported that a message running in place of the ads said Facebook removed them because they violated the company’s advertising policies, which concerned the use of Facebook’s brand in the ads. More than a dozen other ads on Facebook from Ms. Warren’s campaign remained on the service.
Later in the day, The Hill reported that Facebook restored the ads. “We removed the ads because they violated our policies against use of our corporate logo,“ the company said in a statement. "In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads.” Still, Facebook’s original decision to take the ads down was an inadvertent gift to Ms. Warren and her argument that the company has amassed too much market power.