by Hanna Bogorowski
Google Ads informed Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s campaign Tuesday that her advertisements including video footage of protestors interrupting her moment of silence for victims of the recent deadly mass shooting of a synagogue were disapproved because they contained “shocking content.”
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.
The ads, one 30 seconds long and the other 15 seconds, show clips from a campaign event on Sunday of protestors interrupting Blackburn’s moment of silence for the victims of the mass shooting at The Tree Of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
As Blackburn took the stage to speak to a crowd, she was interrupted multiple times by protesters calling her a “white supremacist.”
As protestors yelled, Blackburn’s supporters began chanting “USA” to drown them out.
The handful of protestors didn’t stop when Blackburn began a moment of silence for the 11 individuals who died in the shooting the previous day.
Blackburn’s campaign was planning to promote its ads, which it titled “Stop The Mob,” on Google’s various platforms and services, but Google would not approve them due to “shocking content,” the email from Google Ads said.
Blackburn’s campaign claims this is not the first time Google or other technology companies have tried to block Blackburn’s content.
In October 2017, Twitter blocked Blackburn’s Senate campaign announcement over concerns that the ad’s pro-life message might offend some viewers.
In her campaign announcement, Blackburn, who previously chaired a House panel investigating the sale of fetal tissue by Planned Parenthood, claimed to have “stopped the sale of baby body parts.”
Twitter informed Blackburn’s campaign at the time that the ad was blocked because Blackburn’s reference to fetal tissue was “deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.”
Twitter eventually walked back the ban, saying it would look to refine the company’s policies.
“While we initially determined that a small portion of the video used potentially inflammatory language, after reconsidering the ad in the context of the entire message, we believe that there is room to refine our policies around these issues,” a Twitter spokesperson told TheDCNF at the time.
In light of recent debate over whether companies, specifically Google, Facebook and Twitter, are censoring conservative views, paired with the campaign’s previous difficulties in promoting their content, Blackburn’s campaign is “naturally skeptical” at this time, one staffer told TheDCNF.
Google did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
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