"Baby body parts" campaign ad from US House member blocked by Twitter

Peter Castro
October 11, 2017

"When I talked about our legislative accomplishments to stop the sale of baby body parts, they responded by calling our ad 'inflammatory and 'negative'". The decision does not prevent the original video from being posted by Blackburn and others on Twitter. "Republicans will be nominating people who are running to the extreme, far right on issues that impact people's lives like health care, infrastructure, taxes, and civil rights".

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.

"Twitter shut down our announcement video ad, claiming it was "inflammatory" & 'negative.' Silicon Valley should not be allowed to impose their values on us", she wrote on Facebook.

In the video, Blackburn says, "I'm 100 percent pro-life". But luckily for the congresswoman, Twitter gave her a better opponent than GOP elites when it blocked her campaign spot from Twitter ads. The heavily criticized investigation led to a report that attacked Planned Parenthood, but the group has been cleared in a series of parallel state investigations. "If this is omitted from the video it will be permitted to serve".

In an email obtained by Politico, Twitter announced to Targeted Victory, the consulting firm running the Blackburn campaign's social media, that while the ad would be allowed to remain on the website, the campaign would be blocked from paying to promote it.

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If anything, Twitter has probably encouraged Republican midterm candidates to throw some unproven, inflammatory statements into the ads. However, she did not prove that anyone was breaking the law by selling "baby body parts", or enact new fetal tissue laws.

Her campaign urged supporters in a tweet to join her in "standing up to Silicon Valley".

"I am appalled by Twitter's attempt to censor my pro-life record, and I believe that the entire pro-life community deserves an apology and explanation for their actions", Blackburn said in a statement on Tuesday.

"I know the left calls me a wingnut or a knuckle-dragging conservative", Blackburn said in the video.

The claim stems from a 2015 video published by the Center for Medical Progress that claimed to show undercover footage of Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood, admitting the organization sells organs from aborted fetuses.

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