Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Twitter takes down GOP lawmaker's campaign ad

Twitter takes down GOP lawmaker's campaign ad

Twitter blocked a video ad that announced the Senate candidacy of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., because the social media giant said a pro life message in it was "an inflammatory statement".

Ultimately, the viral anti-abortion videos were found to be deceptively edited, and two activists behind the videos were indicted in Texas, where the charges were dismissed, and later in California.

Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnEquifax breach is the wake-up call we expected Tennessee governor considering Senate run Five major potential Senate candidates MORE (R-Tenn.) that referenced "baby body parts", the congresswoman's campaign said on Monday.

The Twitter representative replied, "Yes - it appears that the line in this video specific to "stopped the sale of baby body parts" has been deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction".

A representative from Twitter pointed to that phrase - "stopped the sale of baby body parts" - to explain why the promoted tweet was suspended. Bob Corker's seat, touts her Second Amendment bona fides during the ad, and vows to support President Donald Trump's immigration agenda.

The video became a talking point for conservative candidates during the 2016 USA presidential primaries and resulted in a Congressional panel-headed by Congresswoman Blackburn-being created to investigate Planned Parenthood and its practices with fetal tissue research.

The incendiary claim refers to Blackburn's tenure as the chair of a Republican-led House panel, created in response to a 2015 hidden camera video depicting Planned Parenthood officials describing how the organization provided fetal tissue to medical researchers.

Her campaign urged supporters in a tweet to join her in "standing up to Silicon Valley".

Blackburn's almost two-and-a-half minute video also features footage of her shooting a gun and taking fellow Republicans in the Senate to task for failing to repeal Obamacare.

Fetal tissue research is used to study Down syndrome and eye disease, among other disorders and diseases.

She said she's ok with liberals labeling her a "wingnut" or a "knuckle-dragging conservative".

"You know what is so fantastic?" I say that's all right.

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