Twitter censors pro-life ads

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If you want to advertise on Twitter, be sure not to criticize Planned Parenthood.

At least that’s how pro-life activist Lila Rose understood a recent interaction with the social media company. Her organization Live Action lost its ability to pay to promote tweets after Twitter’s ad bots flagged numerous tweets as infractions of the social media’s “hate, sensitive topics, and violence” advertisement policy.

(Screenshot from Twitter)

Among the flagged tweets were a fact-checking video of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, a map of community health centers that don’t do abortions, a video of Rose saying children have a right to life, and references to undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress.

To regain good standing with Twitter, Live Action would have to “remove current and past sensitive content from your website and Twitter feed,” according to a Twitter sales team member.

Rose called the response “outright Orwellian” and pointed out that Planned Parenthood is free to promote tweets advertising abortion.

“I think it’s clear that Twitter is discriminating against the pro-life voice,” Rose said.

— by Samantha Gobba

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