Facebook stopped running the controversial anti-immigration ad from the Trump campaign. Many consider the ad racist, which prompted the social network giant’s action.
In a statement on Monday, the social network giant explained, “This ad violates Facebook’s advertising policy against sensational content so we are rejecting it. While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it cannot receive paid distribution.”
On Sunday, the Trump campaign started running the anti-immigration. Its goal was to target voters in Arizona and Florida. Millions of voters saw the ad on Monday morning until Facebook halted it.
The Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. paid between $28,000 and $100,000 for the ad placement based Facebook’s political ad data.
A spokesperson for the social network giant stated that the Trump campaign’s anti-immigration content was mistakenly approved as paid advertisement. It will allow the video on its platform under its community standards.
“We have Community Standards that outline what is and isn’t allowed on Facebook. However, when it comes to ads on Facebook, we have a higher set of standards for what can run in an ad. Our Advertising Policies are more restrictive because they take paid distribution. Under our Community Standards, this video is allowed to be posted on Facebook,” according to the spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Fox News and NBC also decided to stop airing the Trump campaign’s anti-immigration ad.
Fact checking Trump campaign’s anti-immigration ad
The Trump campaign’s ad featured Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican immigrant who entered the U.S. illegally and was sentenced to death for killing two police officers in California. The ad deceitfully blamed Democrats for allowing Bracamontes enter and stay in the country.
According to the AP Fact Check, Bracamontes entered the U.S. in June 1996, during the Clinton administration. Three months later, Bracamontes was convicted on drug charges and was deported in 1997 after completing his sentence.
In March 2001, during the Bush administration, Bracamontes was again arrested on drug charges. It was uncertain as to when he re-entered the country illegally.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones told AP that Bracamontes was deported four times before he killed Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County sheriff’s Detective Michael Davis Jr.
Based on the facts, it is not true that Democrats allowed Bracamontes to stay in the country.
The Trump campaign is connecting Bracamontes to the migrant caravan, which it call an “invasion.”