Rep. Marsha Blackburn demands apology from Twitter after ad pulled
Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn is calling on Twitter to issue an apology after her campaign announcement ad was pulled over a statement the abortion rights opponent makes about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research.
“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. I have spent my entire career fighting to protect and honor life, and I refuse to allow an organization whose stated mission is to ‘provide information instantly, without barriers’ the ability to silence our efforts to protect the unborn.” - Rep. Blackburn
Blackburn in the ad boasts that she "stopped the sale of baby body parts." Twitter found that statement to be inflammatory and "likely to evoke a strong negative reaction."
A Twitter representative told Blackburn's vendors that they would be allowed to run the rest of the video if the flagged statement is omitted.
While the decision keeps the Blackburn campaign from paying to promote the video on Twitter, it doesn't keep it from being linked from YouTube and other platforms.
Blackburn took to Twitter to urge supporters to re-post her video and join her in "standing up to Silicon Valley."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.