GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Mark Zuckerberg claimed at a House hearing on April 11 that Facebook possibly made a mistake in rejecting a campaign ad from a conservative Michigan candidate.
Aric Nesbitt wanted to announce on Facebook that he would be running for the Michigan Senate and decided to post it as an ad. It was rejected, however, with Facebook claiming the ad featured "shocking, disrespectful or sensational content, including ads that depict violence or threats of violence."
Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, was being questioned by Rep. Fred Upton about the ad in Washington last week and denied knowing anything about it, claiming, "It's quite possible we made a mistake."
The ad featured an image of Nesbitt with veterans and said, "I will work to strengthen our economy, limit government, lower our auto insurance rates, balance the budget, stop sanctuary cities, pay down government debt and be a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment (lawmaker)."
Senator Ted Cruz spoke out against Facebook, saying:
.@facebook rejects GOP candidate ad as "shocking & offensive," because ad says he's "pro-life and pro Second Amendment." How many Americans do they consider 'deplorable"? Why should FB have the power to censor half the country? https://t.co/79AI1YdWrJ— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 12, 2018
Nesbitt commented to Tucker Carlson of Fox News that he didn't know why Facebook rejected his ad. He noted, "I'm just a farm boy from West Michigan trying to get my name known in two other counties that I haven't represented before," adding, "I'm just trying to get an understanding of what verbiage is actually being rejected by their algorithm. It seems to me that coastal elites have something against conservative Midwestern values."