It appears Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has won her Twitter battle… with Twitter.
On Monday, Twitter blocked her pro-life campaign ad she made for her Senate run, calling it an “inflammatory statement” that is “likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.” In the ad, she said she’s “100% pro-life” and that she “fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts.”
A spokesman for the social media giant issued this statement on Tuesday:
Our ads policies strive to balance protecting our users from potentially distressing content while allowing our advertisers to communicate their messages. Nowhere is this more difficult than in the realm of political advertising and the highly charged issues that are often addressed therein. After further review, we have made the decision to allow the content in question from Rep. Blackburn’s campaign ad to be promoted on our ads platform.
While we initially determined that a small portion of the video used potentially inflammatory language, after reconsidering the ad in the context of the entire message, we believe that there is room to refine our policies around these issues.
Last night, Blackburn defended the ad, calling it a “pro-women, pro-baby, pro-life message.”
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