Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn is demanding an apology from social media giant Twitter after it blocked her Senate campaign advertisement that mentions the abortion industry's alleged sales of baby body parts.
Earlier in the two-and-a-half-minute video, Blackburn claims that the "left calls me a wingnut or a knuckle-dragging conservative", criticizes the Senate's failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and affirms her support of Second-Amendment rights and the Trump Administration's immigration policies. "And in that ad there's a lot of positions that people don't like - that I don't like", Sandberg said in an interview with Axios that was broadcast on Facebook Live.
Gee, ya think? Perhaps there are good reasons for social-media platforms to review political ads from outside groups after the exposure of Russia's attempts at pot-stirring in USA elections. "Our answer is yes". In the video, Blackburn said that she had worked to stop "the sale of baby body parts", a reference to her opposition to fetal-tissue research. 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. (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.
In a campaign email, Blackburn seized on what she perceived as politically motivated censorship, telling her supporters that "Silicon Valley is in the pocket of the liberal establishment, but our conservative revolution is going to keep on winning". "It took pressure and a great deal of negative publicity for Twitter to reverse this one decision".
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. Wednesday morning, she complained that "the liberal left can not continue to think they have the right to sensor free speech".
Blackburn is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee which will be left open by the retirement of current senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.).