The social media network Twitter refused to run another pro-life advertisement this fall, this time from pro-life Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn.
Blackburn announced her plans to run for U.S. Senate last week in her home state of Tennessee. On Monday, however, her campaign said Twitter refused to allow it to advertise a video where Blackburn mentions the abortion chain Planned Parenthood and its sales of aborted baby body parts, the Tennessean reports.
“I know the left calls me a wing-nut or a knuckle-dragging conservative,” Blackburn said in the video. “And you know what? I say, that’s all right, bring it on. I’m 100-percent pro-life. I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts, thank God.”
.@Twitter shut down our video ad, claiming it’s “inflammatory” & “negative.” Join me in standing up to Silicon Valley → RETWEET our message! pic.twitter.com/K3w4AMgW6i
— Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) October 9, 2017
The Tennessee Republican has established herself as a champion for the rights of unborn babies. The eight-term congresswoman has a 100-percent pro-life voting record.
Most recently, she chaired the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives, which investigated Planned Parenthood’s sales of aborted baby body parts. In January, the committee sent numerous criminal and regulatory referrals to federal and state officials regarding Planned Parenthood and other groups involved in the baby body parts trade.
It was this reference to her work that Twitter opposed in the online ad.
Here’s more from the report:
Blackburn’s campaign announced Twitter’s decision on Monday after a representative of Twitter informed her campaign that the line “had been deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.” The language violates Twitter’s policy for advertisements, the company said.
“If this is omitted from the video it will be permitted to serve,” Dianna Colasurdo of Twitter said in an email to a political ad agency working for the campaign.
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Although Twitter blocked the video as an online ad, Blackburn is allowed to promote it on her campaign Twitter account.
Twitter has blocked other pro-life advertisements in the past.
In September, Live Action, the youth-centered pro-life organization known for its undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood, accused Twitter of censoring its ads. Live Action and founder Lila Rose said the social media site blocked their accounts’ ability to advertise. They still can send tweets to their followers, but the advertising block restricts them from reaching a wider audience.
Especially egregious about Twitter’s rejections were its requirements to accept future ads from Live Action. The pro-life group said the social media company wants Live Action to remove “sensitive content” from its own website, not just its Twitter page.
Twitter, Google, Facebook and other online companies have faced heavy criticism for restricting ads, especially from pro-life and conservative groups. Many believe these media giants show a strong liberal bias.
In May, Facebook shut down Right to Life of Michigan’s advertising account for “misleading ads.” After repeatedly asking for more details, the pro-life organization was told that Facebook simply was “unable to take further action regarding this matter.” The pro-life group believes the issue involved an ad about a Michigan abortionist whose license was suspended.
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