Facebook Exec Slams Twitter For Censoring Pro-Life Blackburn Ad

Twitter reverses decision to block Senate candidate's campaign video

The social media network said on Monday she couldn't promote the video on Twitter unless she removed the phrase, but changed course Tuesday. "Planned Parenthood is not selling baby body parts but the question is should the, should divisive, political or issue ads run?"

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn is demanding an apology from social media giant Twitter after it blocked her Senate campaign advertisement that mentions the abortion industry's alleged sales of baby body parts. Some of the Live Action content that Twitter objected to was identical to the content in Ms. Blackburn's now-permitted advertising, so there's no longer a rational basis for it to ban Live Action's ads.

Ausbun, now pastor of Broadway Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky., told Baptist Press (BP), "I do think there is religious censorship" by online platforms "if you say the wrong things, like with [Blackburn]".

Twitter reportedly blocked the video, saying the line was "deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction".

In January, the committee made several criminal and regulatory referrals to state and federal officials regarding Planned Parenthood and other groups that were said to be involved in the baby parts trade.

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Sandberg said when Twitter initially took down the ad and said Blackburn could only run the free content, they made a mistake. "If Planned Parenthood - the nation's largest abortion business, mired in scandal - is free to promote its agenda on this social media platform, pro-lifers should be equally free to expose the tremendous harm of that agenda to unborn children and their mothers".

"Our ads policies strive to balance protecting our users from potentially distressing content while allowing our advertisers to communicate their messages", the spokesperson wrote.

In a campaign email, Blackburn seized on what she perceived as politically motivated censorship, telling her supporters that "Silicon Valley is in the pocket of the liberal establishment, but our conservative revolution is going to keep on winning". "While we initially determined that a small portion of the video used potentially inflammatory language, after reconsidering the ad in the context of the entire message, we believe that there is room to refine our policies around these issues", Pacilio said.

Gizmodo reported that Twitter eventually allowed the advertisement to be posted on the platform.

"Planned Parenthood has been a force establishing a culture of death for a century, and recent years have exposed the organization even further as a trafficker of human bodies for financial gain", Moore said in written comments. "This is just a continuation of the left trying to censor and trying to determine what people are going to see on their platforms".

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