Elizabeth Heng

Elizabeth Heng

published on August 7, 2018 - 4:53 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Elizabeth Heng, a Republican challenger to Rep. Jim Costa’s 16th Congressional District seat, said she’s disappointed Facebook didn’t offer her an apology for blocking a campaign video on its platform.

The ad, which addresses her parents’ survival of the Cambodian genocide, featured images of dead bodies. Hong tweeted that the ad was rejected by Facebook for being “too shocking.”

In an interview with Fox News, Heng said “Facebook cannot deny their algorithms favor liberal voices.”

Five days after the ad was blocked, it has been restored on the platform.

Heng issued the following statement Tuesday:

“I’m deeply disappointed that Facebook would not give me a public apology for targeting a conservative candidate for Congress. It took them 5 days and an immense amount of pressure before they ‘realized’ that they deliberately blocked my history and my story.”

Heng — a Fresno native, graduate of Stanford and Yale and former Congressional staffer — garnered 47 percent of the vote in the June primary. She will face off against Costa in the fall.

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