Update: Daily Caller's Jordan Lancaster reports that a Facebook spokesperson claims the Facebook account was taken down as a result of an automated error and has since been restored.
Facebook has shut down the advertisement account for the Georgia Battleground Fund, a joint fundraising committee fueling the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the campaigns of GOP incumbents Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler—days before the Jan. 5 run-off elections in Georgia.
The Facebook campaign was disabled for supposedly violating the platform's Unacceptable Business Practices Policy. "We don't promote products, services, schemes or offers using deceptive or misleading practices, including those meant to scam people out of money or personal information," a warning on the account's dashboard read.
"Big Tech is at it again," the NRSC tweeted Friday, urging follows to go to the fund's webpage and help the Republican Party fight back. "This is unacceptable with only 4 days to Election Day."
"You literally just overrode the veto on 230 and you’re going to tweet this?" One America News Network's Jack Posobiec commented, referring to the rare New Year's Day 81-to-13 vote by the Senate to overturn President Donald Trump's veto.
"Senate GOP: Upholds Section 230," Posobiec added. "Also Senate GOP: Waaaah Big Tech is censoring us!"
Trump has called to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. He signed an executive order curtailing the federal act on May 28, which directly challenged a law that shields tech giants like Facebook from being held liable for the content their users upload.
Passed in 1996 to help the internet to flourish during the digital age's infancy, the law was designed to prevent such companies from being treated as publishers. Section 230 protections allow social media sites to moderate their content by removing posts that violate their service-by-service standards, so long as the policing powers are acting in "good faith."
Free speech advocates claim that the law has been interpreted in the courts well beyond its original intent, handing private tech conglomerates gatekeeping authority in the public sector with little outside reign and regulation.
Despite the president's opposition to the bill, 322 representatives voted to override Trump's veto on the National Defense Authorization Act, including some of his most loyal Republican members. The House delivered the more than two-thirds of the chambers votes necessary to overhaul the Trump veto.
The Senate efforts on Friday led by Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn both blocked an opportunity to deal with Section 230 head on and represents the first congressional override in the president's White House tenure just weeks before he leaves office. The NDAA will now be enacted into law despite Trump's disapproval.
Party officials have tapped into the full national network of Republican benefactors, digging deep into their donor pockets as they fight to guard their endangered Senate majority. The price tag for next week's two Georgia runoffs—which decide which party will control the upper chamber of Congress—has eclipsed hundreds of millions of dollars, placing the races among the most expensive elections ever.
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