Monday, 23 October, 2017

Twitter backs down, will allow Blackburn to promote Senate ad

Reuters  Brendan Mcdermid The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City U.S Reuters Brendan Mcdermid The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City U.S
Hannah Rogers | 12 October, 2017, 21:32

Blackburn encouraged her supporters to join her in "standing up to Silicon Valley" by sharing the video.

Because the ad referenced "baby body parts," Twitter initially determined the "inflammatory" video violated its guidelines and prevented Blackburn's campaign from promoting.

After Blackburn announced her run for Senate last week, Twitter blocked the campaign announcement ad Monday, citing concerns that the ad's pro-life message might be offensive. "I fought Planned Parenthood, and we stopped the sale of baby parts, thank God", Blackburn says in her video. - A political advertisement for pro-life Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has been blocked by Twitter for statements about Planned Parenthood selling fetal body parts for medical research. Following additional reviews of Blackburn's video when she complained publicly about the initial block, Twitter made a decision to allow the "campaign ad to be promoted on our ads platform" despite initially determining "a small portion of the video used potentially inflammatory language". "Because we stood firm and Twitter reconsidered, and they are going to allow us to put my campaign announcement back up to push it out on their platform, which is exactly what we're going to do".

Blackburn, an eight-term congresswoman with a 100 percent pro-life voting record, had chaired the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives, which was created to investigate Planned Parenthood's alleged involvement in the sales of aborted baby body parts.

Ms. Rose said Twitter's censorship is unfair and shows extreme bias, considering that Twitter for many years has accepted advertising from Planned Parenthood, which receives most of its funding from the federal government and commits more than 328,000 abortions a year.

The practice of fetal tissue donation is legal in the United States if the donating company makes no profit off of the transaction.

"While we have observed that this censorship seems to be applied selectively to pro-life groups, Twitter's move has broad, chilling implications for all sorts of advocacy and political speech".

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.

Facebook's chief operating officer said that Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn's campaign ad should not have been censored and barred from Twitter, because restricting speech for some people hurts everyone.

"Such heavy-handed tactics only backfire on those who use them".

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