NBC says it will stop airing Trump immigrant ad

US President Donald Trump has been campaigning across the country

EVAN VUCCI APUS President Donald Trump has been campaigning across the country

NBC and Fox News said in separate statements on Monday that their networks will no longer air the Trump campaign's racist anti-immigrant advertisement.

The ad was placed on the popular football broadcast on NBC to encourage voters to choose candidates from Mr Trump's Republican party in midterm elections that will determine whether Republicans retain control of the US Congress.

Fox News made a similar decision Monday.

The ad, paid for by Donald J. Trump for President, stirred fear of a migrant caravan making its way through Mexico that is still hundreds of miles from the United States border.

Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network have played the ad around 14 times in the last few day and besides SNF, it showed up on cable newser three times this morning.

Facebook also came under scrutiny for letting the Trump campaign run the ad on its platform.

Trump's reelection campaign didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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Facebook also announced Monday that the ad violated its advertising policy.

"After further review, we recognize the insensitive nature of the ad and have chose to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible", according to an NBC statement obtained by EW. Users may still share the video on their pages, Facebook said.

As IJR previously noted, Hollywood producer Judd Apatow provoked an onslaught of attacks on NBC after he tweeted about the ad on Sunday.

Many viewers were stunned when it aired during "Sunday Night Football", which is one of the most watched programs on television, regularly averaging more than 10 million viewers.

CNN had earlier declined to run the ad, deeming it racist. It says Democrats allowed the entry of Luis Bracamontes, an undocumented immigrant who was convicted of killing two sheriff's deputies in California in 2014. "Your questions are offensive a lot of the time", he said.

Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, had criticized CNN for not running the ad, saying "I guess they only run fake news and won't talk about real threats that don't suit their agenda".

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