Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Twitter blocks congresswoman's anti-abortion ad but allows identical tweet

Twitter blocks congresswoman's anti-abortion ad but allows identical tweet

Over the weekend Representative Marsha Blackburn launched her Senate campaign with a video that attempts to portray her as a tenacious underdog.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who represents Tennessee's 7th Congressional district in the House and is running to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Bob Corker, who is retiring in 2018, put out an introductory campaign ad wherein she described her pro-life advocacy, noting: "I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts". Regarding Twitter, Blackburn said they offered to reinstate her ad if she "removed the pro-life language", to which she said "you're doubling down on censoring me, so I'm doubling down on my pro-life message".

Instead, Blackburn-who is vying to replace Sen.

It's so over-the-top that I could nearly imagine the video getting picked up by John Oliver, but now it appears that Blackburn, who identifies herself as a "hardcore, card-carrying Tennessee conservative", will be getting plenty of free press for an entirely different reason. "Silicon Valley is in the pocket of the liberal establishment, but our conservative revolution is going to keep on winning", Blackburn said in the email.

She also chaired a House panel investigating the use of fetal tissue for research following the 2015 release of a series of undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood. 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. Blackburn asked. "Twitter can go out there and allow all of this showing "take a knee" during the national anthem but they will not allow a pro-life, pro-woman, pro-baby message".

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The animated My Little Pony trotted in with a modest US$8.8 million, slightly above forecasts. "Alcon and Denis [Villeneuve, the director] made an unbelievable movie".

Blackburn's campaign on Monday responded to Twitter's decision with another tweet, assuring supporters, "Silicon Valley won't stop our conservative movement with censorship".

Watch Blackburn's inflammatory video below.

Representatives of Planned Parenthood were secretly recorded discussing how the exchange works, but the organization claimed the tapes were false or edited. "It's something that people wanted to see shut down".

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".

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