Twitter Blocks Female Senate Candidate's Campaign Ad After Planned Parenthood Comment

Posted October 11, 2017

Last week, the conservative congresswoman from Tennessee rolled out a launch video to kick off her campaign for the Senate seat being vacated next year by Bob Corker.

Twitter is suppressing a video from a Republican Senate candidate for mentioning Planned Parenthood's selling of baby body parts and her role in stopping it, calling it "inflammatory".

The move by Twitter means that Blackburn is unable to promote the ad as she had originally intended; this in turn means that only her followers will see the video. An ad, however, reaches people who have not actively sought out Blackburn's opinions by following her Twitter account, and therefore the company holds it to a different standard.

It's so over-the-top that I could nearly imagine the video getting picked up by John Oliver, but now it appears that Blackburn, who identifies herself as a "hardcore, card-carrying Tennessee conservative", will be getting plenty of free press for an entirely different reason. Silicon Valley elites are trying to impose their values on us.

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In the video, Blackburn says, "I'm 100 percent pro-life. Thank God." The unproven allegations against planned parenthood never led to criminal charges, and the group denies any wrongdoing. The House Oversight Committee's 2015 investigation into Planned Parenthood found the organization innocent, and 13 states' investigations have also found no proof that Planned Parenthood was selling fetal tissue.

A representative from Twitter pointed to that phrase - "stopped the sale of baby body parts" - to explain why the promoted tweet was suspended.

The social media giant dubbed that particular line "inflammatory" and "likely to evoke a strong negative reaction", and refused to allow the ad, according to Politico Monday.

"Join me in standing up to Silicon Valley", Blackburn's campaign tweeted Monday afternoon.

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The social media platform then told Blackburn that all she has to do is take out the pro-life part and they would allow her to pay to promote the ad, as they do for other political campaigns.

The Blackburn campaign saw Twitter's decision as politically motivated censorship.

"If this is omitted from the video it will be permitted to serve", the Twitter representative wrote the campaign. They edited the videos to make it appear as if Planned Parenthood employees were interested in this deal.

"Planned Parenthood was compassionate, they were nonjudgmental, and they were there for me", the woman said.

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