Facebook is blocking Republican Arizona Senate candidate Jim Lamon’s campaign ad featured during the Super Bowl, citing its rules against promoting the sale of firearms.
Lamon’s campaign attempted to run several Facebook ads showing a video of Lamon squaring off with actors representing President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly in a parody of Western gunfights. The ads, which ran during the Super Bowl, include a scene in which Lamon shoots the weapons out of the hands of Biden, Pelosi and Kelly.
Facebook pulled the campaign’s ads after they had been running for several days, saying they violated the platform’s policies regarding “weapons, ammunition, or explosives,” an affiliate of the Lamon campaign told the Daily Caller News Foundation. (RELATED: Democrat-Linked Group Pushes Ads Hitting Republican Candidate For Not Being Endorsed By The NRA)
“This is the second time in a month our campaign’s message has been censored by Big Tech,” a representative from Lamon’s campaign said in a statement to the DCNF, referring to an incident in which Yahoo rejected a campaign ad featuring Lamon saying “Let’s Go Brandon.” “It’s incredibly disappointing that Facebook has decided to pull the Super Bowl ad but we shouldn’t be surprised given that one of our opponents is embedded in big tech.”
Facebook’s advertising policies on “weapons, ammunition, or explosives” state that “ads must not promote the sale or use of weapons, ammunition, or explosives,” which includes “ads for weapon modification accessories.” However, Lamon’s campaign ad does not directly promote the sale of any weapons, it merely features firearms.
A review of Facebook’s Ad Library by the DCNF found that the social media platform previously allowed other politicians to run ads featuring firearms, including Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore, a Nevada gubernatorial candidate who ran an ad for a week in which she brandished a shotgun.
A Facebook spokesperson told the DCNF that the company’s weapons policy for advertisers also prohibits “ads promoting the brandishing of firearms.”
The social media giant has previously prevented conservative candidates and organizations from advertising on its platform, banning conservative children’s book publisher Heroes of Liberty from advertising on the site in late December 2021.
Lamon’s ad was criticized by many, including his primary opponent Blake Masters, who called the ad “absurd and desperate.” Masters is backed by conservative billionaire Peter Thiel, a Facebook board member.
“First Blake Masters sided with the media elites and the Left against this ad. And then the next day Masters’ allies at Facebook took it down — this level of censorship is outrageous,” a representative from Lamon’s campaign told the DCNF.
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