Twitter Censorship? Site Blocks Video From Republican Over 'Inflammatory' Abortion Comments


"Thank God." Twitter informed the campaign that the reference to "baby body parts" was too volatile and that it would have to be ditched if the ad were to run, reports the Tennessean. After spotting the video, Twitter stopped the paid campaign promoting it. "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's almost two-and-a-half minute video also features footage of her shooting a gun and taking fellow Republicans in the Senate to task for failing to repeal ObamaCare.

In the ad, Blackburn shoots a gun and says she's "100 percent pro-life", carries a gun in her purse, and stands during the national anthem.

Blackburn's claim comes months after pro-life organization Live Action also reported that Twitter refused to let the group promote its adds unless it deleted tweets critical of Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood consistently denied wrongdoing and never faced any criminal charges, but the anti-abortion activists who filmed it did.

The congressional investigative panel was called for following the release of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) in summer of 2015 which appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting of unborn baby parts for profit. This is the same justification the company has used to block anti-abortion ads before. A Twitter representative reportedly told Blackburn's team that the "baby parts" comment was "deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction".

Watch Blackburn's inflammatory video below. That includes "inflammatory or provocative content which is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction". Twitter has shut down my announcement video advertising.

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. The representative also got to repeat her false claim on Fox News, telling Brian Kilmeade, "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.

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.