Too Shocking for Google? Marsha Blackburn Ad Flagged Over Footage of Left-Wing Protesters
Google Ads is being accused of trying to censor a campaign ad from Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn because it contained "shocking" footage of left-wing protesters.
The Tennessee congresswoman, running for Republican Sen. Bob Corker's seat, reportedly sought to promote the campaign videos to Google search users, but the effort was denied.
Daily Caller reported:
Google Ads, an online advertising platform, would not allow the Tennessee Republican’s campaign for Senate promote two campaign videos as search ads because the content doesn’t meet Google’s standards, according to an email sent to the campaign.
“Unfortunately, we won’t be able to show your ads on Google, our search partners, or on Display Network placements until you edit your ads or keywords to make them compliant with our policies,” the email, which was obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation, reads.
In the 30-second video, Stop the Mob, protesters are shown screaming at Blackburn at a campaign event last weekend as she tried to hold a moment of silence for victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack.
"Marsha Blackburn is a white supremacist!" some protesters screamed before being ejected from the rally.
The video also shows a protester kicking a cameraman after playing a clip of former Attorney General Eric Holder saying that "when they go high, we kick em," a reference to Republicans.
A Google spokesperson told the website that the profanity is not allowed even if it's bleeped and that any advertiser can appeal such decisions.
It's not the first time Blackburn has clashed with a big tech company. In 2017, she said Twitter objected to a political ad where she touted her opposition to Planned Parenthood.