Twitter reverses course, will allow Blackburn campaign video unedited

Reuters  Brendan Mcdermid The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City U.S

Twitter is reversing a decision to keep Tennessee Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn from promoting a campaign video on that platform because of the congresswoman's statements about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research.

"While Marsha is disappointed that they attempted to censor her pro-life record, we are pleased they have reconsidered their decision", Bozek said.

"I have spent my entire career fighting to protect and honor life, and I refuse to allow an organization whose stated mission is to "provide information instantly, without barriers" the ability to silence our efforts to protect the unborn", she continued.

"I'm 100 percent pro-life". (They did not, however, completely remove the ad from their platform.) The representative and many of her Republican allies complained vehemently, prompting Twitter to suggest Blackburn remove the "baby body parts" line from the video to remove the block.

Republican, who is running to replace retiring Sen.


Twitter initially told the candidate's vendors that the statement could be perceived as "inflammatory" and evoke a negative reaction. Furthermore, the company says that it will "refine" its policies around the issue. The site said that it potentially overstepped, however, by applying that standard to a political ad.

The House Select Panel on Infant Lives was formed to investigate allegations that Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, sold aborted fetal body parts to researchers for profit.

"While we have observed that this censorship seems to be applied selectively to pro-life groups, Twitter's move has broad, chilling implications for all sorts of advocacy and political speech".

Ms. Rose said Twitter's censorship is unfair and shows extreme bias, considering that Twitter for many years has accepted advertising from Planned Parenthood, which receives most of its funding from the federal government and commits more than 328,000 abortions a year. In September, the social media platform was accused of censoring the advertisements of the youth-centered pro-life organization Live Action, which is known for its undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood. Some of the Live Action content that Twitter objected to was identical to the content in Ms. Blackburn's now-permitted advertising, so there's no longer a rational basis for it to ban Live Action's ads.

Twitter on Tuesday reversed course with a spokesperson saying that "after further review, we have made the decision to allow the content in question from Rep. Blackburn's campaign ad to be promoted on our ads platform", The Associated Press reported.

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