A Republican congressional candidate in California is accusing Twitter of censorship for briefly deciding not to allow her to run a campaign ad depicting gruesome images of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime.
A spokesperson for Twitter confirmed the video had been "momentarily" rejected for promotion due to inappropriate content, but said the company quickly reversed its decision.
"Upon further review of the ad, we feel that the imagery that violated the inappropriate content policy is fleeting enough, particularly given the overall tone and intention of the video," they said.
Elizabeth Heng, who's running against incumbent Rep. Jim CostaJames (Jim) Manuel CostaProposed California maps put incumbents in jeopardy Democrats bullish they'll reach finish line this week Moderate Democrats press for score before vote on Biden package MORE (D), said on Twitter Thursday that the decision was evidence that the company held anti-conservative bias.
"Unfortunately, the tech companies are holding all of the power and have no apparent desire to correct biased censorship of their platforms," Heng wrote. "When I’m elected I’ll fight for internet transparency, so that every American has a chance to be heard."
Unfortunately, the tech companies are holding all of the power and have no apparent desire to correct biased censorship of their platforms. When I’m elected I’ll fight for internet transparency, so that every American has a chance to be heard.— Elizabeth Heng (@ElizabethHeng) August 16, 2018
Twitter said it did not block the video, but rather temporarily prevented it from being promoted as an advertisement. Facebook took a similar action earlier this month before reversing itself.
Twitter's definition of "inappropriate content" includes a range of criteria, one of which is the use of gruesome imagery.
Heng's video can be found here.