Live Action releases e-mails showing Twitter asking pro-life group to delete tweets it considers 'offensive'
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Live Action releases e-mails showing Twitter asking pro-life group to delete tweets it considers ‘offensive’

Live Action has released e-mail communications between Twitter staffers and Live Action employees, revealing the social media platform’s blatant bias against pro-life material and content exposing Planned Parenthood. Twitter recently came under fire for suppressing content that affirms human life and exposes Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry.

In an e-mail exchange between Live Action and Twitter (which occurred after a phone call between the two groups), Live Action requests that Twitter confirm the types of content it noted during the call as in violation of its hate and sensitive policy. Twitter’s reply on June 5, as detailed in the screenshot below, affirms that the following content is considered in violation and should be deleted:

– Live Action’s undercover investigations

– investigations by the Center for Medical Progress

– images and videos of abortion procedures

– content related to defunding Planned Parenthood

– images and videos of late-term abortions

– ultrasound and images of preborn children

– Live Action’s petition to defund Planned Parenthood

– links directing to sections of Live Action’s website that contain videos with the content listed above

The e-mails were sent following a phone call between Live Action and Twitter, during which Twitter representatives said Live Action is tweeting sensitive material and is not permitted to advertise on the platform. To rectify the issue, Twitter asked Live Action to delete all paid ads and organic tweets it deems “inflammatory,” “abusive,” or “offensive,” and to go through several rounds of edits with Twitter’s policy team until Live Action’s accounts are considered approved for advertising. 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.

For years, Live Action tried to appeal to Twitter’s policy team to flag advertisements, and the group even worked directly with a Twitter sales representative on the creation of advertisements. However, Twitter’s policy team is not client-facing, and there is no method for marketers to appeal its decisions regarding ads.

While Planned Parenthood is allowed to advertise on Twitter, the social media company has suppressed Live Action’s ads, calling them offensive and inflammatory. While it won’t censor Live Action’s and Lila Rose’s tweets outright, Twitter has banned the ability to advertise our content until Live Action deletes all tweets it deems offensive – or, in reality, all the tweets that offend Planned Parenthood.

Here are a few examples of tweets considered in violation, compared with similar tweets Planned Parenthood is permitted to advertise and run.

Twitter and Live Action pro-life messages Example 1

Twitter and Live Action pro-life messages Example 2

Twitter and Live Action pro-life messages Example 3

Twitter and Live Action pro-life messages Example 4

Although Twitter claims to be a forum of ideas, it’s suppressing viewpoints it does not like — especially the pro-life view. By blocking Live Action from advertising, Twitter violates its own mission statement to give “everyone the power” to share ideas “without barriers.” Twitter has a responsibility to tell the truth to their users instead of using algorithms and ads to favor their political viewpoints.

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