Twitter’s Shocking Censorship: Pro-Life Messages Banned From Site
Pro-life Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is planning to run for the U.S. Senate in her home state of Tennessee, hoping to fill the vacancy being left by retiring Republican (and suddenly anti-Trump pest) Bob Corker. Blackburn filmed an advertisement to drum up publicity for her campaign last week, but when she tried to run the ad on Twitter, the left-wing social media site decided it could not allow the message to run. Why? Because Blackburn had the temerity to tell the truth about the sick practices of Planned Parenthood.
“I know the left calls me a wing-nut or a knuckle-dragging conservative,” Blackburn says in the banned advertisement. “And you know what? I say, that’s all right, bring it on. I’m 100-percent pro-life. I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts, thank God.”
In a series of undercover videos that were released in late 2015, the nation’s largest abortionist was caught profiting off the “donation” of fetal tissue. While Planned Parenthood was never properly prosecuted for their crime, the videos brought to light the horrible, behind-closed-doors truths about the American abortion industry and even played a role in the 2016 election. Now, apparently, it is simply too shocking for liberal ears to hear the reality of this organization in plain daylight. And if Twitter has anything to say about it, they won’t have to.
According to Blackburn, a representative from Twitter informed her campaign that the ad “had been deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction,” thus violating the site’s advertisement policy. The rep told the ad agency responsible for the spot that they would be willing to host the video again if the offending line was removed.
The candidate sent an email out to supporters, informing them of the situation.
“This is urgent. I’m being censored for telling the truth,” Blackburn wrote. “Twitter has shut down my announcement video advertising. Silicon Valley elites are trying to impose their values on us. When I talked about our legislative accomplishments to stop the sale of baby body parts, they responded by calling our ad ‘inflammatory’ and ‘negative.’”
All in all, Blackburn probably got more publicity for her campaign thanks to Twitter’s censorship than she ever would have if the ad had been allowed to stand. Still, what’s good for Blackburn’s campaign is not necessarily what’s best for the future of online free speech, and Twitter should think long and hard before they make decisions like this. As a private company, they’re free to pick and choose which voices are censored and which voices aren’t, but if they get a reputation for favoring pro-choice speech, it could be the beginning of the end for their social media dominance.