On Tuesday, Twitter reversed a decision it made the day before to block a campaign video from Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican representative from Tennessee, for breaking its ad policies. The line in question stated: "I'm 100% pro-life".
Twitter took down a campaign ad from Rep.
Blackburn's campaign on Monday responded to Twitter's decision with another tweet, assuring supporters, "Silicon Valley won't stop our conservative movement with censorship".
The radical pro-abortion group NARAL praised Twitter this week for censoring an ad by pro-life U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn.
The creators of the video allege Planned Parenthood sells the tissue, but a number of state investigations have failed to find any evidence of that. After spending almost $1.6 million in taxpayer funds, the report produced by the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives past year made scientifically dubious accusations about the value of fetal tissue research, and recommended that the government defund Planned Parenthood, and enact other anti-abortion measures.
Under Blackburn's leadership, the committee investigated the illegal fetal-tissue-trafficking industry, prompted by a series of undercover videos suggesting that Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics had cooperated with biotech firms to profit from the organs of aborted babies. No criminal wrongdoing was ever found, and Blackburn's claim to have been a part of an effort that "stopped the sale of baby body parts" has been criticized as false propaganda. Fetal tissue research has strong backing among scientists for its value in studying Down syndrome, eye disease and other problems. Bob Corker's seat last week.
Especially egregious about Twitter's rejections were its requirements to accept future ads from Live Action. The ad can still, however, be posted as usual on Twitter, a company spokesperson confirmed to The Verge. Abortion is just one of the many debates that provoke strong negative reactions.Over the long term, this kind of meddling in political discourse only erodes the trust consumers have in the platform.Worse, people will again start demanding that Washington institute "fairness" regulations or treat giant tech companies as utilities.