It is still posted, but Blackburn's campaign is not allowed to pay to advertise it. 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. Liberals applaud Twitter for shutting down lies and hate speech while Deplorables stoke their persecution complexes to a white heat, further fueling their mistrust of "elites" from Silicon Valley to the CNN newsroom.
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. The conservative congresswoman from Tennessee mentioned the illegal sale of body parts by Planned Parenthood in the ad, and drew the ire of Twitter.
In an email obtained by Politico, Twitter announced to Targeted Victory, the consulting firm running the Blackburn campaign's social media, that while the ad would be allowed to remain on the website, the campaign would be blocked from paying to promote it. They edited the videos to make it appear as if Planned Parenthood employees were interested in this deal.
While Blackburn's claim may be factually incorrect-a number of states, including Texas, Georgia, Kansas and Florida all concluded the organization had followed all legal requirements in donating fetal tissue-it is not clear what Twitter may have found so objectionable about the video to block it. "As chairman of the selective investigative panel, the work that our committee delivered stopped this practice of selling baby body parts".
"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. Threatening Daleiden with jail time, suppressing the videos, and engaging in all-out harassment of pro-life activists, supporters of Planned Parenthood have refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing on the part of the abortion provider.
Is this the only instance of Twitter blocking pro-life ads?
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