Twitter blocked a Senate campaign ad for Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Monday over her comment in the ad that she "fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of unborn baby body parts".
This is the same Twitter, by the way, that had no qualms about selling over $250,000 in ads to the conspiracy-peddling Kremlin propaganda organ Russia Today during the 2016 election and continues to allow them to advertise on the site to this day. 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.
Blackburn is running to replace Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, who will retire. Silicon Valley elites are trying to impose their values on us. She was involved in the GOP-led 2015 House probe into Planned Parenthood's practices after an anti-abortion group released heavily edited and misleading video footage that purported to show the health care organization's fetal tissue donation program involved in illegal practices. The statement seems to reference a House committee she chaired, empaneled after undercover viral videos charged that Planned Parenthood was illegally profiting from the sale of fetal tissue.More news: Canada Frustrated As US Announces More Tariffs On Bombardier
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.
But since Twitter only objected to Blackburn's line evoking "a strong negative reaction", she was able to claim that she is being persecuted for her pro-life views. They maintain they never sold body parts but that the money received from their tissue donation program were for storage and transport costs and were thus legal. It can be shared by retweet, and since Blackburn's campaign went public with its situation, the video has actually been retweeted more than 15,000 times.
In response to Twitter's actions, Blackburn, pro-lifers and conservatives decried Silicon Valley's censorship and duplicity.
Blackburn alleges in a Monday fundraising email that she is being censored by Twitter. "It's something that people wanted to see shut down".