Blackburn Responds to Twitter Censorship: 'Double Standard' for Pro-life Content

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Twitter blocked a campaign ad for a Republican Senate candidate running to take Sen. "When I talked about our legislative accomplishments to stop the sale of baby body parts, they responded by calling our ad 'inflammatory and 'negative'".

But in an e-mail to Blackburn obtained by BuzzFeed News, Twitter says, "The line in this video specific to "stopped the sale of baby body parts" has been deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction", according to the e-mail. "Republicans will be nominating people who are running to the extreme, far right on issues that impact people's lives like health care, infrastructure, taxes, and civil rights". Blackburn called out Twitter's "double standard" pointing out that they show NFL players protesting during the national anthem but they won't show a "pro-life, pro-women" message.

Known for her commitment to the pro-life movement, Congresswoman Blackburn reveals in the banned video, "I'm 100% pro-life".

Twitter has reportedly pulled a campaign ad off its platform that spoke about Planned Parenthood negatively.

The panel was created after anti-abortion activists secretly recorded videos in 2015 showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing how they sometimes provide fetal tissue to researchers, which is legal if no profit is made. However, she did not prove that anyone was breaking the law by selling "baby body parts", or enact new fetal tissue laws.

Twitter has blocked a top Republican representative from advertising her Senate campaign video on the social media outlet because of its "inflammatory" claims about Planned Parenthood.

The videos Blackburn appears to reference were deemed to be manipulated. "And yes indeed, as chairman of the selective investigative panel, the work that our committee delivered stopped this practice of selling baby body parts".

Blackburn alleges in a Monday fundraising email that she is being censored by Twitter.

"Most people who have been bombarded with Twitter accounts featuring swastikas and hammer-and-sickles over the past year-and-a-half are likely to find it extraordinary that an ad offering a traditional critique of the abortion industry should be especially incendiary to a sales team", Harsanyi wrote.

But the videos, and the idea that Planned Parenthood was harvesting aborted fetuses for parts, have both been debunked.

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