The Chinese Communist Party-affiliated TikTok “permanently banned” Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America after the Supreme Court on Friday overturned 1973’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The platform later quietly restored the account.
TikTok ignored MRC Free Speech America’s question of which Community Guideline(s) the account violated. Instead, the platform excused the ban, claiming that “the account was restored within a few minutes.”
“It’s a complete lie that our account was only suspended for a few minutes,” SBA Digital and Creative Director Andrew Moore told MRC Free Speech America. He later added that SBA was “unable to post” and that his team “tried to log in multiple times throughout the day Friday and couldn’t get in.”
Moore also called out TikTok’s “lack of transparency about suspensions” and “lack of communication.”
SBA’s screenshots indicate that the platform restored the group’s account sometime Friday, though it’s unclear exactly what time. It’s also unclear why an immediate restoration would continue to prevent SBA from logging into its account.
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The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-affiliated app presented itself as pro-abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade through its Dobbs v. Jackson ruling issued Friday. “We are committed to ensuring our employees have access to a wide range of medical benefits, including family and reproductive care, no matter where they live,” TikTok Comms tweeted.
The SBA incident was not the first time TikTok suddenly banned a pro-life organization and quickly restored the account.
- TikTok reportedly banned Live Action after censoring one of its videos. Live Action founder and President Lila Rose tweeted in January 2020: “TikTok has just BANNED & permanently removed Live Action from the platform.” The pro-life organization stated in a blog that TikTok initially claimed it had banned Live Action due to “Community Guidelines violations.” The group said TikTok restored the account a day later, attributing the ban to “human error.”
- The platform banned Students for Life of America without explanation in April. Students for Life of America (SFLA) stated in an April blog post that it “was banned from TikTok for ‘multiple Community Guideline violations.’” The organization noted that the last video that it posted prior to the ban was of SFLA President Kristan Hawkins debating a student on abortion. The organization said that it had “no way to appeal,” but the platform later restored SFLA’s account.
SBA, Live Action and SFLA are members of the Free Speech Alliance.