Twitter said Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s video included a remark “deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.”
Tennessee Republican Marsha Blackburn is in a battle with Twitter over a comment made in a video she posted on the social media site.
Announcing her campaign to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Blackburn’s video touted her record, but one remark set off Twitter’s censors.
Blackburn, who is running for the seat being opened by the retirement of Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, boasts in the ad that she “stopped the sale of baby body parts.” A Twitter representative told the candidate’s vendors on Monday that the statement was “deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction:
Twitter said the Blackburn campaign would be allowed to run the rest of the video if the flagged statement is omitted. While the decision keeps Blackburn from paying to promote the video on Twitter, it doesn’t keep it from being linked from YouTube and other platforms.
In response, Blackburn is urging her supporters to back her efforts in “standing up to Silicon Valley.”
“This doesn’t end well for Twitter,” NBC News reporter Benjy Sarlin wrote on Twitter Monday afternoon.
“Blackburn will benefit from this,” RealClearPolitics reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns tweeted.
Watch the video here:
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