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Facebook Rejects Ad For Movie Screening Because School Refuses to Identify as 'Partisan'

Facebook Rejects Ad For Movie Screening Because School Refuses to Identify as 'Partisan'
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By    |   Friday, 24 May 2019 09:12 PM

Facebook has rejected an ad for a movie screening at a California charter school of “No Safe Spaces” — a movie starring Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager that pokes fun at political correctness at American universities.

The reason: Acton Placer Academy and CEO Matt Beaudreau refuse to “identify” themselves as partisan politicos, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“They asked me a bunch of personal questions, then said I’d need to identify as a political entity, even though the ad doesn’t mention a party or a politician and takes no political stance whatsoever,” Beaudreau told THR.

While Prager and Carolla both lean right and their movie mainly skewers liberal college students, Acton Placer said it was only interested in the free-speech angle. 

“Facebook said if we don’t disclose a political affiliation the ads won’t run,” Beaudrea told THR. “But we’re a nonpartisan school. We’re not a political entity. We’re not going to do that.”

“No Safe Spaces” opens in limited release in September.

Carolla had no comment, but Prager, whose Prager University is suing Google over what it calls “censorship” of dozens of five-minute educational videos posted on YouTube, was furious.

“Unlike liberals, who always valued and fought to protect free speech, leftists have never valued free speech,” Prager told THR, “And the left controls the avenues of information on the Internet. That’s what this is about.”

Facebook's new rules dictate there be additional requirements for "any advertiser running election-related or issue ads" or if the ad advocates for a specific party, PAC or election outcome. If that’s the case, ads can have blackout periods, disclaimers and other restrictions placed on them.

THR reported the event will go on as planned at a 1,400-seat theater at William Jessup University, and Beaudreau said, “We’re advertising elsewhere.”

In a statement to THR, Facebook said: “This ad is allowed to run on Facebook but, before it can run, we ask that they comply with our policy related to issues of national importance by authorizing and then including a ‘paid for’ by disclaimer on the ad. We are committed to transparency and have many different types of pages, including films, that go through these additional steps to run ads related to issues of national importance.” 

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Facebook has rejected an ad for a movie screening at a California charter school of "No Safe Spaces" - a movie starring Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager that pokes fun at political correctness at American universities.
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