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Published On: Sun, Sep 24th, 2017

Live Action fights back against Twitter censorship of videos, ultrasound images

Pro-life organization Live Action is fighting back after Twitter banned the group from advertising, accusing Live Action of using Twitter’s platform to promote “sensitive content.”

A letter from Live Action’s attorneys accuses Twitter of blocking Live Action’s core pro-life content by claiming that the anti-abortion message is unscientific and “misleading.” Live Action alleges, according to the Washington Post, that “the social media platform wrongly applied its policies to censor advertisements that contain ultrasound images of fetuses, promote or link to its secret recordings, and oppose federal funding of Planned Parenthood.”

photo: 14 week fetus photo/ Your Pregnancy week by week

Those “secret recordings” are from Live Action’s investigation into Planned Parenthood’s own operation, a reveal into the fetal organ trafficking.

Earlier this month, Twitter declared all of Live Action’s content unfit for advertising, and demanded that Live Action either remove all “objectionable” content from their website and Twitter feed, or forget about ever advertising on their network.

Live Action founder Lila Rose told the Post that Twitter’s demands essentially required the pro-life group to abandon its core mission. “This wasn’t about one issue with one aspect with one ad. This was about the entirety of our message, from ultrasound images of life in the womb to criticism of abortion facilities,” Rose said.

“The heart of Twitter’s self-named purpose is to ‘give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers,’” she added. “They are completely violating that.”

A Twitter spokesperson told the Washington Post that the company has “clear” guidelines for its advertisers, which prohibits “inflammatory or provocative content which is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction” and shocking, disturbing or offensive images.

The same spokesperson also claimed that Twitter works seamlessly with other pro-life groups, like the Susan B. Anthony List.

Susan B. Anthony List tells a different story, claiming that after a struggle they’ve reached an “uneasy peace” with the social media platform. Twitter, SBA says, was triggered by “shocking, disturbing or offensive image” of Mother Teresa, with the quote, “Abortion is profoundly anti-women.”

The Daily Wire perfectly sums up the situation: “Twitter might be well within its right to refuse Live Action’s business, the same progressive voices that defend Twitter’s exclusionary policies wouldn’t be so quick to speak out if, say, the tables were turned, and Twitter were refusing a progressive organization’s paid content.”

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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