On Monday, Representative Marsha Blackburn (Republican-Tennessee) released a campaign advertisement referencing “baby body parts”. Twitter acted quickly and took down the advertisement.
The video was part of her recently-launched bid to succeed Senator Bob Corker (Republican-Tennessee.)
In the advertisement, Blackburn said, “I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts, thank God.”
The original tweet remains up, and can be viewed on Blackburn’s Twitter feed. A Twitter spokesman, although, confirmed that Twitter had suspended the promoted advertisement from the campaign’s account.
The video can also be viewed below…
The spokesman also pointed out the company’s public advertising policy that states, “Twitter provides a platform for its users to share and receive a wide range of ideas and content, and we greatly value and defend our users’ ability to express themselves.”
“Advertisers on Twitter have access to a wide range of targeting option to promote their Tweets to a wider audience,” it continues. “Because of this, advertisers on Twitter have the power to reach an audience beyond the users who choose to follow their account.”
Blackburn chairs a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on technology.
She also administrated a House panel investigating the use of fetal tissue for research following the 2015 release of a series of undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood.
Blackburn’s committee concluded that federal funding be banned for research on fetal tissue obtained through elective abortions.
In a fundraising email, Blackburn wrote, “I’m being censored for telling the truth. Twitter has shut down my announcement video advertising. Silicon Valley elites are trying to impose their values on us. When I talked about our legislative accomplishments to stop the sale of baby body parts, they responded by calling our ad ‘inflammatory’ and ‘negative.’”
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Credit: The Hill