Proving once again that Facebook intends to completely control the content its users see, a California congressional candidate’s campaign video has reportedly been blocked by the social media platform for containing “shocking, disrespectful, or sensational content.”
Republican Elizabeth Heng, who is running against Rep. Jim Costa in California’s 16th congressional district, tweeted over the weekend that Facebook “rejected” her video due to “the scenes of horrific events my parents survived in Cambodia.”
.@facebook rejected my video because it was “too shocking” for their platform, referring to the scenes of horrific events my parents survived in Cambodia. Facebook, do you think it’s right to censor history? #censorship
Full ad here: https://t.co/SY0w1o327m pic.twitter.com/etvlZYK22N
— Elizabeth Heng (@ElizabethHeng) August 4, 2018
Heng’s parents fled to America to escape the brutalities of the Khmer Rouge communists during the Cambodian Civil War. Led by communist despot Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge killed approximately 1.5 to 3 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979. However, much like liberals want to erase the existence of the Confederacy from American history, Facebook apparently wants to censor the horrors of communism and genocide.
On Friday, Heng’s campaign released a statement squarely denouncing Facebook’s censorship. “It is unbelievable that Facebook could have such blatant disregard for the history that so many people, including my own parents, have lived through,” Heng said in the 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. 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. This kind of censorship is an attack on the freedoms that we have as Americans to express what we believe in, and we must hold Facebook accountable.”
Notably, Heng nearly beat Costa in California’s open primaries in June, losing 53-47 percent. It looks like Costa and all of California’s Democrats – Facebook included – are feeling the pressure. (RELATED: Facebook is Choosing What News You See – Here’s How To Fix It).
Watch Heng’s full campaign ad below.