Twitter blocks Senate candidate from advertising false claim about Planned Parenthood

Screengrab via @VoteMarsha  Twitter

"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.

A digital ad by Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn was blocked by Twitter on Monday after the company claimed it contained an "inflammatory statement" related to abortion.

The move by Twitter means that Blackburn is unable to promote the ad as she had originally intended; this in turn means that only her followers will see the video.

Blackburn, who is running for retiring Sen. Blackburn called out Twitter's "double standard" pointing out that they show NFL players protesting during the national anthem but they won't show a "pro-life, pro-women" message.

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Although no federal charges were brought against Planned Parenthood, the congresswoman says the investigation discouraged and stopped the illegal practice of selling fetal tissue to researchers.

According to the Associated Press, Twitter took issue with Blackburn's specific claim about the sale of baby body parts and said the advertisement could run on the platform if the flagged statement was removed. They maintain they never sold body parts but that the money received from their tissue donation program were for storage and transport costs and were thus legal.

The Blackburn campaign did not respond to request for comment regarding Twitter's decision to remove the ad.

In response to Twitter's actions, Blackburn, pro-lifers and conservatives decried Silicon Valley's censorship and duplicity.

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Naturally, conservatives were quick to come to Blackburn's defense, taking the opportunity to promote her video, revive the Planned Parenthood debate, and allege that conservatives are being silenced.

Representatives of Planned Parenthood were secretly recorded discussing how the exchange works, but the organization claimed the tapes were false or edited.

Blackburn alleges in a Monday fundraising email that she is being censored by Twitter.

In late June, Twitter pulled a similar stunt with pro-life advocacy group Live Action, telling the group that, in order to advertise on the site, it must delete any and all tweets that Twitter's management team had deemed "offensive" and "inflammatory". Threatening Daleiden with jail time, suppressing the videos, and engaging in all-out harassment of pro-life activists, supporters of Planned Parenthood have refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing on the part of the abortion provider.

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