Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) pulled her ads from Facebook in a bid to force the social media giant to more strictly police hate speech on its platform.
“I’m hoping that by removing our campaign ads from Facebook with one week to go until Election Day we will help draw further attention to the hate, bigotry, racism, antisemitism and violence that is so often being trafficked with no apparent consequence,” Watson Coleman said. “Too many have fought too long and hard to continue to allow Facebook to put profit before justice, so we are standing with all those who have decided it is time to fight back against the spread of this hatred with action we know they will understand.”
The congresswoman faces a primary challenge from shadowy perennial candidate Lisa McCormick.
The move comes as part of a concerted effort by the Anti-Defamation League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other groups that has seen enormous firms pull advertising from social media in a bid to force those companies to better moderate content appearing on their sites.
“I am proud to stand with all those who have joined with the #StopHateforProfit efforts to try and effect positive change,” Watson Coleman said. “In this unique election in which voting by mail is the primary mode of election, communicating with voters is critically important, but this campaign is even more essential to our democracy. How we approach hate and bigotry on line has serious implications on the freedoms of America’s future.”