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Twitter reverses decision to block Senate candidate's campaign video

12 October 2017

In her video announcement, Blackburn says: "I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts, thank God".

"After reconsidering the ad in the context of the entire message, we believe that there is room to refine our policies around these issues", Twitter said in a statement. "Social media and Twitter are important platforms, but the liberal left can not continue to think they have the right to censor free speech - especially with campaign messages with which they disagree".

Blackburn, an eight-term congresswoman with a 100 percent pro-life voting record, had chaired the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives, which was created to investigate Planned Parenthood's alleged involvement in the sales of aborted baby body parts.

The reference to "baby body parts" alludes to the bombshell undercover investigation by David Daleiden, who posed as a fetal procurement company to capture Planned Parenthood officials violating federal law by negotiating the costs of fetal tissue that is used for medical research.

The practice of fetal tissue donation is legal in the United States if the donating company makes no profit off of the transaction.

In a press release on Tuesday, a Twitter spokesperson explained their "ads policies strive to balance protecting our users from potentially distressing content while allowing our advertisers to communicate their messages". Nowhere is this more hard than in the realm of political advertising and the highly charged issues that are often addressed therein.

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The videos also captured Planned Parenthood officials callously discussing the dissection of fetal organs and limbs, which caused an uproar - or a "strong negative reaction" - from the public.

Andrea Bozek, a spokeswoman for Blackburn, told Politico, "It's a real shame that this censorship happened in the first place".

"We are profoundly disappointed, but not surprised that Twitter continues to censor pro-life speech", said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life advocacy organization, Susan B. Anthony List, in a statement. "This is just the latest example of Marsha's leadership".

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.

Twitter reverses decision to block Senate candidate's campaign video