For Twitter, a certain reality must be avoided at all costs–even if it means turing down much-needed advertising money.Pro-life groups, it seems, are free to advertise on the social media site unless they attempt to discuss or show the reality of abortion. Or criticize Planned Parenthood, for that matter.
With the U.S. Senate nearing a vote that may redirect Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding to comprehensive health care providers, Twitter is pulling out all the stops to champion the abortion cause.It told pro-life group Live Action this week that, if it wants to continue advertising on Twitter, it must first erase all “inflammatory” tweets.
Which, it turns out, means Live Action must erase all anti-Planned Parenthood posts as well as innocuous ultrasound scans.
Included in its definition of “inflammatory:” Tweets calling for the federal government to remove Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding, tweets promoting petitions to defund Planned Parenthood, tweets reporting on Live Action’s undercover investigations into Planned Parenthood’s clinics, and any ultrasound images of unborn children.
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood is allowed to freely advertise on Twitter, despite calling its pro-life opponents “extremists” and engaging in scorched-earth rhetoric in defense of abortion.
Yet Live Action can’t respond to these attacks without losing its own advertising privileges.Among the tweets banned by Twitter are several by its founder and president, Lila Rose, including one in which she simply promoted comprehensive health clinics NOT run by Planned Parenthood.
Another one quoted a notable ex-president.“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government,” Thomas Jefferson once said.
In fact, Live Action released e-mails with Twitter staffers showing which tweets must be deleted because they’re considered “offensive.”
On its website, Live Action said, In addition, Twitter said Live Action’s tweets could not even contain links to its website with “sensitive” content, requiring Live Action to scrub and delete content from its web properties.
Rose told the Washington Times that while Live Action has “run into some challenges” with several social media platforms, most have been resolved amicably–with the exception of its ongoing struggles with Twitter.
“It’s clear that Twitter is discriminating against the pro-life voice,” she told the paper.
Now she’s looking to take her group’s business elsewhere, she said, adding that Live Action has started a campaign to raise money to inundate other, more open platforms with its pro-life message.
For Rose and other pro-lifers, it’s just another day in the relentless battle for life.
[Note: This article was written by Joe Vidueira]