Big tech faces backlash at South by Southwest

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"In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads", the company said in a statement to The Washington Post.

Warren responded by pointing out that the company's "ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power" appeared to prove her point. "But in their rise to power, they've bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field in their favor".

Unless they too are cut down to size, breaking up USA tech companies would only provide temporary breathing space before their Chinese counterparts rush in and take over.

The company said the ads were removed from its platform because they violated a policy on the use of the Facebook logo, not because the ads called for the break-up of Facebook, Amazon, and Google.

One of Warren's ads is a video directing users to a petition on her campaign website, asking voters to support her plan. Facebook's advertising policies prohibit the use of the company's corporate logo in ads. "Facebook, Amazon, and Google", read the ads, which Warren's campaign had placed Friday.

Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren might have felt vindicated in her crusade against the monopoly of tech giants like Facebook and Google, after the former took down her ads calling for their dismemberment.

The ads, which Warren's campaign placed on the platform Friday, promoted the MA senator's plan to break up what she believes is Facebook and Amazon's monopoly. She used the flap to warn that it was risky for cyberspace to by "dominated by a single censor".

Politico notes that over a dozen other ads by Warren about her "big tech breakup" proposal weren't pulled. Google couldn't smother competitors from demoting their products on Google Search. "And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation", Warren wrote on Medium.

The most forceful approach to date, Warren's agenda speaks to growing disaffection with Internet juggernauts once carefully courted by Democrats. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) put it.

"The whole idea behind this is for the people in this room", the MA senator said.

"This ad was taken down because it goes against Facebook's advertising policies", a message attached to all three advertisements in question read.

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