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Thursday, 12 October 2017 12:24

Facebook’s Sandberg Criticizes Twitter for Censoring Blackburn Ad

Written by  Kyle Drennen

Being interviewed by Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen at the Newseum in Washington D.C. Thursday morning, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg criticized social media rival Twitter for censoring an ad from Tennessee Congresswoman Marsh Blackburn announcing her Senate campaign.

Allen spent most of the exchange, which was simulcast live on MSNBC in the 9 a.m. ET hour, grilling Sandberg on reports that groups with Russian ties bought political ads on Facebook during the 2016 presidential campaign. While pushing back, Sandberg explained:

But a lot of what we allow on Facebook is people expressing themselves. And the thing about free expression is that when you allow free expression, you allow free expression. And that means you allow other people to say things that you don’t like and go against your core beliefs....And it is a super interesting week to think about this because of what happened with Marsha Blackburn and Twitter.

Allen followed up: “Did Twitter make a mistake by blocking ads for Representative Marsha Blackburn’s campaign ad which would mention ‘baby body parts’?”

Noting that Twitter “took down the ad and put it back up,” Sandberg framed the issue: “Marsha Blackburn runs an ad, she ran an ad, which is launching her campaign for Senate.

Read more at NewsBusters

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