The “Unplanned” filmmakers experienced more issues with Twitter over the weekend.
First, the account was suspended, then almost all of its followers mysteriously disappeared – despite reaping in an unexpected $6.1 million on opening weekend at the box office, PJ Media reports.
On Saturday, the film, which covers the amazing conversion story of former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director Abby Johnson, had its Twitter account suspended for a brief time. But the issues did not end there. After Twitter restored the account, the filmmakers said they lost more than 99 percent of its 100,000 followers. Those followers later were restored Monday morning.
“Wow!!! 100K Followers,” the filmmakers wrote Sunday afternoon. “Thanks to everyone who has helped us to achieve this milestone. When [Twitter] suspended our account you came together as a strong voice. We are so very grateful for the enormous support you’ve show at the box office.”
A few hours later, though, they noticed that something else had gone very wrong. Instead of more than 100,000 followers, the account suddenly had dropped below 200, according to various posts and screenshots captured by the site’s users.
“What’s up, Twitter? Since when did a neutral social media platform become a censor & suppressor of human rights?” the account posted early Monday morning.
Others reported that when they clicked the “follow” button on the film page, Twitter would cause them to “unfollow” the page as soon as they refreshed it.
Those having problems included Abby Johnson and Emmy Award winning actress Patricia Heaton.
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— Abby Johnson (@AbbyJohnson) April 1, 2019
Hey @jack – why aren’t you letting me follow @UnplannedMovie ? I’ve tried eight times to support my friend @AbbyJohnson and @Twitter won’t let me. Others are having the same issue. Please correct this. Thank you.
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) April 1, 2019
Ashley Bratcher, the star of “Unplanned,” said Twitter responded to their complaints by saying that the account had been suspended by mistake and its follower count would be restored within an hour.
When LifeNews checked later Monday morning, the account showed 240,000 followers.
However, filmmakers suspect their issues with Twitter were not just a mistake. They suggested the social media giant may be censoring the film, and pointed to their site data suggesting that the film should be trending on Twitter.
— UnplannedMovie (@UnplannedMovie) April 1, 2019
“It is a sad time we live in when corporations can remove individuals freedom of speech at will. When did we empower these corporations to have such authority? More importantly, why do we empower them to do so?” Cary Solomon, the co-writer and co-director of the film, told The Hollywood Reporter after Twitter suspended their account.
The film, which opened in theaters nationwide Friday, follows Johnson’s rise from clinic volunteer to clinic director, and her eventual pro-life conversion and spiritual redemption.
Based on Johnson’s 2012 memoir, the film’s true-to-life depiction of abortion earned it an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) last month. Since then, many have pointed out the hypocrisy in our culture which allows a teen to have an abortion but prevents her from seeing a film about abortion.