Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

Twitter Bans Marsha Blackburn's Ad, Giving Her Senate Campaign a Boost

Twitter Bans Marsha Blackburn's Ad, Giving Her Senate Campaign a Boost

Marsha Blackburn's two-minute video launching her campaign for U.S. Senate was carefully crafted to maximize both its offensiveness to liberals and its attractiveness to President Trump's most die-hard devotees. No criminal wrongdoing was ever found, and Blackburn's claim to have been a part of an effort that "stopped the sale of baby body parts" has been criticized as false propaganda. Blackburn, a Tennessee representative running to fill the retiring Sen.

Twitter has reportedly pulled a campaign ad off its platform that spoke about Planned Parenthood negatively.

Blackburn was the chair of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives that investigated Planned Parenthood and its relationship with biotech firms who procured the fetal body parts from abortions like livers, brains and lungs for research purposes. Twitter told the Blackburn campaign that the ad was "deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction", campaign spokeswoman Andrea Bozek told The Washington Post.

The campaign responded to Twitter's decision on Monday afternoon by urging supporters of Blackburn to share the ad elsewhere on social media and join her "in standing up to Silicon Valley".

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"Blackburn tweeted that "@Twitter shut down our video ad, claiming it's 'inflammatory & 'negative.'" The video is blanketing Twitter and social media now, but Twitter has exclusively blocked the ability to pay to promote the advertising campaign.

The videos Blackburn appears to reference were deemed to be manipulated. Profiting from the sale of body parts is illegal, but can be legally donated to research.

Blackburn refers to herself as "politically incorrect and proud of it" in her two-and-a-half-minute-long campaign ad, which also showcases her firing a gun and calling the Republican Party's failure to repeal Obamacare a "disgrace". She also claims to have stopped Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care and sex education services, from selling baby body parts. This time, they censored Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn's political ad where she touted her pro-life stance. But it doesn't stop anyone from viewing it. Blackburn's video is still up and running.

The accusations against Planned Parenthood began after anti-abortion activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt pretended to work for a biomedical company that wanted to buy fetal tissue.

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