Liberal Groups Boycott Facebook Over Conservative Ads

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Tuesday, 07 May 2013 03:33 PM

By Greg Richter

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Facebook is facing backlash from liberal groups upset with ads made by founder Mark Zuckerberg's group promoting backers of immigration reform.

FWD.us, which Zuckerberg was instrumental in forming as a means to back immigration reform, has two divisions that support Democrats and Republicans who have backed the effort.

The ads for Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska are critical of Obamacare and promote oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the building of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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Now groups including MoveOn.org, the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, and Progressives United say they will pull their advertising from Facebook or delay buying new ads for two weeks in protest, Politico reports.

"Leaders in the technology community have every right to talk about how immigration reform will benefit their businesses," said former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., the founder of Progressives United.

"But instead, FWD.us has chosen a strategy that’s condescending to voters and counterproductive to the cause of reform."

The ads ran on the air for one week, but are still on the web.

Progressives United spokesman Josh Orton said the group is just trying to send a message.

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