Facebook bans GOP page hours after lawmakers vote to protect Big Tech

Mere hours after the passage of an annual military spending bill that President Donald Trump vetoed, in part because it did not repeal broad protections for tech companies, Facebook went on the attack.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act shields tech companies like Facebook and Google from legal liability over the content users post on their platforms.

Trump called the 81-13 vote to override his veto of the National Defense Authorization Act in the Republican-controlled Senate a “disgraceful act of cowardice and total submission by weak people to Big Tech.”  It was the first veto override of his presidency.

The Democratic-controlled House voted 322-87 earlier this week to shoot down Trump’s veto.

Facebook celebrated the passage of the bill by shutting down a fundraising page for Georgia Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue just days before the January 5th runoffs where their coveted Senate seats are up for grabs.

The senators are locked in an epic showdown with Democrats Rafael Warnock and John Ossoff in an election which will determine which party controls the Senate.

The fundraising page was set up by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) which runs the Georgia Battleground Fund, a joint fundraising committee for the NRSC and the campaigns for Loeffler and Perdue.

The committee tweeted furiously Friday: “Big Tech is at it again. Facebook has shut down the ad account for the Georgia Battleground Fund, a joint fundraising committee for NRSC, @Perduesenate, and @kloeffler. This is unacceptable with only 4 days to Election Day. Go to http://G A Battleground.com to help us fight back.”

According to the committee, Facebook alerted them that the page for the fund was disabled “for policy violation,” because of alleged “unacceptable business practices.”

“We don’t allow ads that promote products, services, schemes, or offers using deceptive or misleading practices, including those meant to mislead or scam people out of money or personal information,” the alert said.

A Facebook spokesperson later claimed the shutdown was an error. “An automated error caused this ad account to be disabled,” the spokesperson said. “The account has since been restored.”

Both senators voted in favor of the NDAA when it was initially approved by the Senate last month, but were absent for the vote to override the veto on Friday.

More than 3 million Georgians cast absentee or in-person ballots in early voting which ended Thursday.

A newly released poll from JMC Analytics and Polling found Warnock and Ossoff leading over Loeffler and Perdue.

The poll, conducted with 500 respondents on Monday and Tuesday, found Ossoff ahead of Perdue 50% to 43%, or 7 points, with 7% of respondents saying they were undecided.

Warnock was ahead of Loeffler by a larger spread of 53% to 44%, or 9 points, with 3% of respondents saying they were undecided.

A recent survey conducted by SurveyUSA also found Ossoff with a 5-percentage-point lead and Warnock with a 7-point lead. Analysts say the margin of support for the Democratic candidates has steadily increased in polls conducted since the general election on November 3.