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Marsha Blackburn demands Twitter apologize for trying to 'censor' pro-life ad

Marsha Blackburn demands Twitter apologize for trying to 'censor' pro-life ad

Blackburn said Twitter had told her that the ad was "was too inflammatory and that it would evoke a negative response" but that "if I were to take that out, omit the pro-life part, then they would allow us to push forward that video".

A Senate campaign ad by Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn was blocked on Twitter Monday because of a statement she made in the spot about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research.

Blackburn is still able to promote the video by posting it on Twitter, but can't pay to promote it.

Blackburn, a self-described "hardcore conservative", is running to replace Sen.

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. Liberals applaud Twitter for shutting down lies and hate speech while Deplorables stoke their persecution complexes to a white heat, further fueling their mistrust of "elites" from Silicon Valley to the CNN newsroom. "Yes, I am pro-life and I stand by my message".

Blackburn's claim comes months after pro-life organization Live Action also reported that Twitter refused to let the group promote its adds unless it deleted tweets critical of Planned Parenthood.

Although no federal charges were brought against Planned Parenthood, the congresswoman says the investigation discouraged and stopped the illegal practice of selling fetal tissue to researchers.

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Twitter said the video was "deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction", according to the Associated Press.

Twitter has shut down Marsha Blackburn over an "inflammatory" campaign video.

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

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". In the ad, Blackburn talks about her efforts to stop Planned Parenthood from selling the body parts of babies.

A representative from Twitter pointed to that phrase - "stopped the sale of baby body parts" - to explain why the promoted tweet was suspended. Several government investigations cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing.

Twitter has not publicly said why it removed the ad campaign.