Twitter blocks GOP ad, raises ire of United States conservatives
Oct 11 2017
"I fought Planned Parenthood, and we stopped the sale of baby body parts -thank God". A Twitter representative emailed Targeted Victory, a digital GOP consulting firm working for Blackburn's campaign, responding to an inquiry about the restriction, saying that "if this [content] is omitted from the video it will be permitted to serve".
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. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) will vacate when he retires next year.
Known for her commitment to the pro-life movement, Congresswoman Blackburn reveals in the banned video, "I'm 100% pro-life". Blackburn and other conservatives have previously made claims about Planned Parenthood's practices, but a series of investigations cleared the organization and found that a report produced by Blackburn and her team contained multiple inaccuracies.
Blackburn was the chair of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives which was created following the release of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) in summer of 2015 that appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting of unborn baby parts for profit.
"Blackburn tweeted that "@Twitter shut down our video ad, claiming it's 'inflammatory & 'negative.'" The video is blanketing Twitter and social media now, but Twitter has exclusively blocked the ability to pay to promote the advertising campaign.
"I know the left calls me a wingnut or a knuckle-dragging conservative", Blackburn said in the video.
According to the Associated Press, Twitter told vendors for the campaign that the statement was "inflammatory", and stopped the ad from being promoted on the service. In the ad, Blackburn talks about her efforts to stop Planned Parenthood from selling the body parts of babies.
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.
"I am appalled by Twitter's attempt to censor my pro-life record, and I believe that the entire pro-life community deserves an apology and explanation for their actions", Blackburn said in a statement on Tuesday. Blackburn asked. "Twitter can go out there and allow all of this showing "take a knee" during the national anthem but they will not allow a pro-life, pro-woman, pro-baby message". "It's something that people wanted to see shut down".