Twitter Protects Planned Parenthood While Censoring Marsha Blackburn
- Author: Carlos Nash Oct 11, 2017,
Oct 11, 2017, 0:16
The social media giant is reportedly blocking any paid promotion of a video announcing Rep. Blackburn's 2018 candidacy for a US Senate seat in Tennessee, which fellow Republican Senator Bob Corker is leaving vacant when he retires next year. "Thank God." Twitter informed the campaign that the reference to "baby body parts" was too volatile and that it would have to be ditched if the ad were to run, reports the Tennessean.
Twitter responded swiftly by pulling the ad over the statement because, in their words, it contains an "inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction". Twitter blocked the video, saying the statement in question would have to be nixed for the ad to be allowed.
Instead, Blackburn-who is vying to replace Sen. She also called out "Silicon Valley elites" in the message.
In the ad, Blackburn shoots a gun and says she's "100 percent pro-life", carries a gun in her purse, and stands during the national anthem.
Donating the tissue is legal, with consent from the woman, but selling it is illegal in the U.S. Clinics are allowed to recover some costs, like handling and shipping.
Blackburn is referencing a misleading line of attack conservatives used against Planned Parenthood in 2015, falsely claiming the women's health care provider was profiting from the sale of fetal tissue research.More news: The opponent Russian Navalny arrested at Moscow
According to the Associated Press, Twitter took issue with Blackburn's specific claim about the sale of baby body parts and said the advertisement could run on the platform if the flagged statement was removed. That includes "inflammatory or provocative content which is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction".
"The Blackburn campaign account tweeted the ad this afternoon, and asked viewers to "[stand] up to Silicon Valley" by retweeting it.
The abortion group and their allies, however, continue to assert the videos of PP employees talking about this - that were recorded undercover - were deceptively edited and make false claims.
The accusations against Planned Parenthood began after anti-abortion activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt pretended to work for a biomedical company that wanted to buy fetal tissue.