Twitter blocks GOP ad, raises ire of USA conservatives

Twitter Blocks Marsha Blackburn's Campaign Video Over Mention of Planned Parenthood's Alleged Trafficking in 'Baby Body Parts'

I fought Planned Parenthood, and we stopped the sale of baby body parts.

A digital ad by Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn was blocked by Twitter on Monday after the company claimed it contained an "inflammatory statement" related to abortion.

To be clear, Blackburn wasn't prevented from posting the video on her Twitter account; the video isn't allowed to be used as an ad.

Blackburn, a self-described "hardcore conservative", is running to replace Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), who will not seek another term-tweeted out a call to action on Facebook and Twitter, asking her followers to share the video themselves.

What's more, the Blackburn development follows an awakening of sorts from Silicon Valley, in which it has decided that it won't do business with parties it doesn't like.

Planned Parenthood consistently denied wrongdoing and never faced any criminal charges, but the anti-abortion activists who filmed it did. She's referring to leading a House investigation sparked by the 2015 release of heavily edited videos that accused Planned Parenthood of profiting from the sale of fetal tissue.

Calling that section of the video "an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction", a Twitter employee assured Targeted Victory that the ban would be lifted if the offending quote were removed from the video. "If this is omitted from the video it will be permitted to serve".

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.

Social media platforms have come under fire in both the USA and overseas for enabling the spread of extremist content and "fake news", but Twitter surprised many in Washington on Monday with its decision to block a United States congresswoman's campaign ad.

Naturally, conservatives were quick to come to Blackburn's defense, taking the opportunity to promote her video, revive the Planned Parenthood debate, and allege that conservatives are being silenced.

"It is astounding to me that Twitter, which is an important outlet, would choose not only to censor a political ad but that they would censor a pro-life message", she told Fox News. In the ad, Blackburn talks about her efforts to stop Planned Parenthood from selling the body parts of babies.

In the ad, Blackburn identifies herself as "100 percent pro-life". "It's something that people wanted to see shut down".

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