Yesterday, TFPP reported that Twitter had blocked Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) from using a video that mentioned Planned Parenthood’s fetal organ harvesting scandal in Twitter ads for her Senate campaign. In a refreshing turn of events, it appears the backlash was egregious enough to get Twitter to back down.
The Tennessean reports that Twitter has announced they will allow the ad on their platform after all:
“Our ads policies strive to balance protecting our users from potentially distressing content while allowing our advertisers to communicate their messages. Nowhere is this more difficult than in the realm of political advertising and the highly charged issues that are often addressed therein,” said Twitter spokesman Nicholas Pacilio in a statement.
“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. While we initially determined that a small portion of the video used potentially inflammatory language, after reconsidering the ad in the context of the entire message, we believe that there is room to refine our policies around these issues. We have notified Rep. Blackburn’s campaign of this decision.”
Blackburn Senate campaign spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said Tuesday Twitter’s initial decision to suspend ads with the video was “a real shame.”
“While Marsha is disappointed that they attempted to censor her pro-life record, we are pleased they have reconsidered their decision. This is just the latest example of Marsha’s leadership,” Bozek said.
Excellent. As I covered yesterday, Blackburn is just the latest target of Twitter’s discrimination against conservative voices; for instance, they’ve targeted the pro-life organization Live Action in the past and continue to shadow-ban The Federalist Papers Project from sharing our articles on Twitter.
More importantly, what Blackburn said about Planned Parenthood was 100% true. The abortion giant harvested the internal organs of the preborn babies they murdered, illegally sold them for profit … and has never been held accountable for it.
From the beginning, Twitter’s pretense that they were concerned about “inflammatory” content — and that coming down on Blackburn was a totally-impartial exercise of their rules — was preposterous. Just about any effective campaign ad is by definition inflammatory to somebody, to say nothing of the absolute free-for-all of hysteria, personal attacks, and demonstrable lies countless users tweet at each other every single day.
Ultimately, while it’s great that Marsha Blackburn will be allowed to advertise the truth about Planned Parenthood on Twitter, we shouldn’t let this victory lull us into a false sense of security. It will only be a matter of time before another pretext is found to silence another inconvenient conservative voice.