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The power that we’ve allowed social media companies to garner has been unfathomable of late, and there is little chance that any of this unwieldy gravity will be given back to the world at large any time soon.
Facebook and Twitter have an unimaginable about of sway over the national narrative these days, with the click of a mouse possessing the power to shift the entire world’s perception of a singular event. Even worse, these companies can arbitrarily prevent certain topics from hitting the mainstream if they choose as well, which is almost as dangerous a form of censorship as anything else they’ve been involved in.
Now, in the midst of a number of complaints about their behavior on this subject, Facebook has decided that the best course of action is to censor a pro-police advertising campaign.
A Florida distillery says its requests to promote a “Back the Blue” event through paid advertising on Facebook has been repeatedly denied by the social media platform.
Loaded Cannon Distillery, located in Lakewood Ranch in Bradenton, Florida, is preparing to launch a new line of spirits dedicated to different groups of first responders.
“We’re launching this Lost Legend series because they are legends, all of them,” Loaded Cannon Distillery marketing and creative director Michelle Russell told FOX & Friends Weekend in an interview on Sunday. “First responders, EMTs, police, firefighters, anybody that wears a badge, and they deserve some recognition.”
The free event will take place at Loaded Cannon Distillery on May 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., featuring live music, food trucks and other vendors, and free drink samples from Loaded Cannon.
In an effort to promote the event to a wider audience, Russell sent a series of requests to Facebook to place multiple $200 ads. However, each of the requests were denied by the tech giant, according to Loaded Cannon Distillery.
“Your ad may have been rejected if it mentions politicians or sensitive social issues that could influence public opinion, how people vote and may impact the outcome of an election or pending legislation,” Facebook, which did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment, cited as the reason for the rejection.
Facebook has long stood accused of erring on the side of liberal politics, and this latest kerfuffle certainly hasn’t done anything to rectify that reputation.
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