Facebook Rejects Biden Campaigns Request to Ban Trump Advertisement

Facebook declined to ban an advertisement from President Donald Trumps 2020 campaign.

Former Vice President Joe Bidens campaign made the request to the tech giant.

The request was also rejected by Fox News. CNN declined to air the ad, though it wasnt clear if the network was pressured by Biden to do so.

In a letter to Bidens campaign, Facebook said it would not take down the advertisement.

“Our approach is grounded in Facebooks fundamental belief in free expression, respect for the democratic process, and the belief that, in mature democracies with a free press, political speech is already arguably the most scrutinized speech there is,” Facebooks head of global elections policy, Katie Harbath, wrote in the letter to the Biden campaign, according to the New York Times.

The campaign responded by claiming in a statement that the ad is part of the spread of “objectively false information to influence public opinion poisons the public discourse and chips away at our democracy.”

The ad in question shows clips of Biden with former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko while stating, “Joe Biden promised Ukraine $1 billion if they fired the prosecutor investigating his sons company.”

Biden bragged last year that threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid in 2016 unless Poroshenko, the president at the time, ousted the countrys top prosecutor.

“I looked at them and said: Im leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, youre not getting the money. Well, son of a [expletive]. He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time,” he said.

Joe biden is welcomed by Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko
Joe biden is welcomed by Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko
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