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Twitter Bans Anti-Planned Parenthood Campaign Ad

Twitter Bans Anti-Planned Parenthood Campaign Ad

Twitter is stopping a Tennessee candidate for U.S. Senate from advertising her campaign announcement video, deeming part of it "inflammatory". The ad was apparently blocked because Blackburn boasts in it that she "stopped the sale of baby body parts".

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. The decision does not prevent the original video from being posted by Blackburn and others on Twitter.

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.

Congresswoman Blackburn is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Bob Corker. 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.

"I'm 100 percent pro-life".

Blackburn (R-Tenn.) served as the chairman of the House Select Panel on Infant Lives, a panel that investigated allegations that Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, sold aborted fetal body parts to researchers for profit. 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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Naturally, conservatives were quick to come to Blackburn's defense, taking the opportunity to promote her video, revive the Planned Parenthood debate, and allege that conservatives are being silenced. A Twitter representative told Blackburn's team that in order to promote it again, she'd have to remove this "inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction".

Twitter has banned Blackburn from running a promoted ad campaign on the site using the unedited video, but not from using tweets to promote the ad if it is hosted elsewhere - such as on YouTube.

"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".

Representatives of Planned Parenthood were secretly recorded discussing how the exchange works, but the organization claimed the tapes were false or edited.

"It is a double standard", Blackburn said, "and while they doubled down and issued a second statement today, they disallowed my video, I said, 'Look, I'm just doubling down on the fact that, yes, I am pro-life, and I stand by my message'".