Accuracy in Media

Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s (R.-Tenn.) Senate campaign announcement video was blocked by Twitter because it was “deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction,” according to a report Monday from the Associated Press.

The video in question, which Blackburn was paying Twitter to promote, said she fought Planned Parenthood and “stopped the sale of baby body parts,” a reference to the organization accepting reimbursement for the cost of providing fetal tissue for medical research — a practice they have now ended.

Twitter said Blackburn would be able to promote her video if she deleted the statement from the video.

Instead, Blackburn tweeted out the video with this message:

.@Twitter shut down our video ad, claiming it’s “inflammatory” & “negative.” Join me in standing up to Silicon Valley? RETWEET our message

Twitter may have done Blackburn a favor.  Not only did she save money by not paying Twitter to promote her video, she has received more attention for it because of Twitter’s actions. The tweet has since been retweeted more than 14,000 times.

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