Twitter blocked a video advertisement Monday from Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, R-TN, after the social media platform deemed content in the video to be "inflammatory" and "likely to evoke a strong negative reaction". Regarding Twitter, Blackburn said they offered to reinstate her ad if she "removed the pro-life language", to which she said "you're doubling down on censoring me, so I'm doubling down on my pro-life message".
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Blackburn has served in the House for almost 15 years, so it's a bit of a stretch for her to run on Trump's "drain the swamp" message. Blackburn, who is running to replace the retiring Bob Corker, is instead trying to use the decision in her favor. She also called out "Silicon Valley elites" in the message.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn worked on the Republican-run panel in the House of Representatives that investigated Planned Parenthood after secretly recorded videos claimed to show the women's health organization providing fetal tissue to researchers.
Is this the only instance of Twitter blocking pro-life ads?However, she did not prove that anyone was breaking the law by selling "baby body parts", or enact new fetal tissue laws.
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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.
Blackburn responded to Twitter's decision by calling on her supporters to join her in "standing up to Silicon Valley". They edited the videos to make it appear as if Planned Parenthood employees were interested in this deal.
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"This is a pro-women, pro-baby, pro-life message", she emphasized, "and yes indeed as chairman of the Select Investigative Panel, the work that our committee did stopped this practice of selling baby body parts". Spokespersons for Planned Parenthood denied illegal conduct.