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'Targeting' Heng

Facebook rejected her campaign video ad about the "communist crimes that led to her family to flee Cambodia for the U.S."

Aug 08, 2018

In the article below local Congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng says Facebook rejected her campaign video ad about the "communist crimes that led to her family to flee Cambodia for the U.S."  They say facebook "apparently deemed it shocking, disrespectful or sensational" content. 

In a campaign e-mail Heng explained "the images in the video are not pleasant and they aren't meant to be, but this is my family's story and I deserve to be able to tell it." 

Facebook has now restored the video ad on the platform.  The San Francisco Chronicle story was headlined "Facebook fumbles ad ban in CA House race" and goes on to say the ad "was designed to be uplifting and personal, making Facebook’s initial decision to pull the ad difficult for the company to explain."

Heng wrote on her twitter feed “My parents did not have the luxury of blocking the horrific content from the reality of their lives during the rise of communism in Cambodia.  Why does @facebook feel they have the right to censor that content in the land of #freespeech?” 

In an email to the Chronicle facebook wrote  “Upon further review, it is clear the video contains historical imagery relevant to the candidate’s story. We have since approved the ad and it is now running on Facebook.”  Heng was not totally impressed saying “It took Facebook five full days to lift this arbitrary ban.  What about everybody else who is not able to summon a national wave of support to help them?"

In the attached story Heng tells Fox News her story. 

GOP Congressional Candidate Accuses Facebook of 'Targeting Conservative Voices'

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