Democrats accuse Hulu of censoring gun ads and abortion ahead of the midterms

Democrats expressed anger at Hulu after the streaming service declined to run political ads related to gun control or abortion in support of their candidates in the upcoming midterm elections.

On Monday, The Washington Post reported that leaders of the Democratic Party’s three main campaign armies — the Democratic Campaign Committee, the Democratic Campaign Committee, and the Confederation of Democrats — attempted to buy joint gun and abortion ads on Hulu on July 15, as well as a local Disney-affiliated ABC channel and ESPN. All ads served except those for Hulu.

The heads of the three committees issued a statement accusing Hulu of “truth censorship” that was “outrageous, offensive” and “another step on a dangerous path for our country” after it refused to show their ads switch. They claim that doing so would deprive voters of information about their Republican opponents.

“Voters have a right to know the facts about the MAGA Republican agenda on issues like abortion — and Hulu is doing the American people a great disservice by preventing voters from learning the truth about the GOP record, or refuses to allow these issues to be discussed at all. The executive directors of the three committees, Christie Roberts, Tim Persico and Noam Lee, said in a statement to the Washington Post.

A Twitter account owned by the DSCC went ahead and posted the ads it had requested to run on Hulu. One ad takes viewers through the series of bills passed in Republican-led state legislatures that ban or severely restrict abortion. In another, the DSCC accuses Republicans of dedicating themselves more to the gun lobby than to solving gun violence.

Unlike TV networks, digital providers like Hulu are not required by federal law to give politicians equal access to the airwaves.

According to Hulu’s advertising policy, the company requires 72 hours to review a submitted ad, as well as a separate policy for its ad manager tool. For the latter, Hulu expressly disapproves of any ads related to contentious, electoral, or political issues, and reserves the right to disapprove ads it deems inconsistent with its business practices and brand.

However, Democratic candidates have complained about a lack of transparency regarding Hulu’s advertising practices.

A candidate in New York complained to Disney CEO Bob Chapek and Hulu President Joe Earley that he couldn’t run political ads because of an “unwritten Hulu policy” who found their ads too “sensitive” for the service. The ad in question reportedly related to the GOP’s stance on guns, abortion and climate change, and featured footage of the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot. The ad later ran after the words “climate change” were removed and footage of Capitol Riot was replaced.

“Failing to discuss these issues in my campaign ad means failing to address the most important issues facing the United States,” wrote candidate Suraj Patel, who is running for a seat in Congress in Manhattan.

Disney owns a stake in Hulu after Fox bought it for $71 million in 2019. Unlike Hulu, Disney’s Disney+ streaming service has an explicit ban on political advertising to maintain a family-friendly image.

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