Leftists generally ignore the problem of Big Tech Censorship: until they are affected by it.
Facebook and Google have not lifted their bans on political ads, which is proving to be a headache for them in the Georgia runoff senate races between Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Democratic challenger Rev. Raphael Warnock, and between Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff.
Two senate races in Georgia are in the midst of a runoff election, which is “essentially a rematch that is held when none of the candidates meet the criteria for winning. Under Georgia law, candidates must receive a majority of the vote to win an election. If no candidate breaks 50 percent, the top two vote-getters then face off again in a runoff election to determine the winner,” according to The New York Times (The Times).
However, even liberal outlets say that “the ad ban is costing Warnock and Ossoff critical days for both fundraising and getting the word out about the races,” according to Protocol. The two are challengers going after incumbents and now the left doesn’t like those rules.
“There is no replacing missed high-leverage moments in online fundraising. And ads are a HUGE part of that. Every day @Facebook and @Google wait to turn ads back on they cost @ReverendWarnock a huge number of donations AND volunteers,” tweeted Tim Tagaris, former digital fundraising director for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign. “A big gift to self-funding Kelly Loeffler.”
Facebook was concerned that “in the final days of an election, there may not be enough time to contest new claims,” according to a Facebook post by the platform’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The platform decided to ban all political ads beginning on October 27, and Google only allowed new ads through election day, according to The Washington Post.
These bans, apparently, still apply to races in progress, even though the runoff election itself is not until early January of 2021, according to The Times.
“‘The biggest challenge is that Democrats are focused on Georgia right now, and our candidates lack the most critical means to engage supporters and raise funds,’ said one Democratic digital strategist involved in the runoffs in a statement to Protocol. ‘Early money will allow those campaigns to plan.’ The strategist was hopeful that ad functionality would turn back on ‘in time for most of the in-state messaging.’”
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