Republican congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng says Facebook rejected her campaign video ad about the communist crimes that led her family to flee Cambodia for the U.S.

Heng, who is running in California’s 16th Congressional District, created the video about her parent’s escape from Khmer Rouge communists in the 1970s, but Facebook apparently deemed it “shocking, disrespectful or sensational content."

The video can still be viewed on the platform, but Heng was blocked from placing it as an ad.

In a statement, Heng said it's unbelievable that Facebook would have such "blatant disregard" for the atrocities and injustices that her parents and so many others lived through.


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"Neither Facebook nor any other company in the tech industry get to silence our stories," Heng said. "We’ve seen it over and over again with Republican candidates and organizations. This kind of censorship is an attack on the freedoms that we have as Americans to express what we believe in, and we must hold Facebook accountable."

On "Fox & Friends First," Heng said this is another example of liberal tech giants targeting conservative voices.

"Facebook cannot deny their algorithms favor liberal messages and often reward individuals such as Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and individuals such as my opponent, Jim Costa," Heng said.

Despite Facebook's alleged censorship, Heng is optimistic about her chances against Costa, noting that she received 47 percent of the total vote in a top-two primary in June.

"I'm going to work as hard as possible to give this Valley a new voice that we so desperately need."

Watch more above, and see the full campaign ad below.


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