Twitter says yes, then says no to ads from Live Action and Lila Rose


Twitter has doubled down on its decision not to allow pro-life group Live Action or its president Lila Rose to run ads on the platform. The social media giant has refused to lift its ban unless specific content is deleted — including from Live Action’s own website. The censorship from the left-leaning social site has been in place for some time, prompting Live Action to release its emails exchanges with Twitter in 2017. But recently, Rose told her Twitter followers, “4 years ago, banned Live Action & me from all ads. & pro-abort orgs freely run ads. Occasionally, we reapply to see what happens. Last week, some kind underling at Twitter said I was eligible again.” Sounds like a move in the right direction, right? Wrong!”

Rose noted that after Twitter’s surprising ad approval, “We started enrolling, & the Twitter gods flew into action…”

Twitter’s response read in part:

… Upon further review, the guidance that Twitter issued last week regarding the account of @LilaGraceRose was made in error. Please be advised that the accounts of @LiveAction and @LilaGraceRose remain ineligible to advertise on the Twitter Ads platform due to repeated violations of our Twitter Ads Policies….

Image: Twitter responds to Lila Rose of Live Action Twitter's censorship June 2019

Twitter responds to Lila Rose of Live Action Twitter’s censorship June 2019

To explain those alleged violations, Rose later published this to her Twitter account: “Twitter banned & my account from all ads. When we asked why, said we could resume ads, only if we deleted the following content from our Twitter AND website-Anything about abortion procedures-Investigations of Planned Parenthood-All ultrasound images”

Image: Lila Rose of pro-life group Live Action on Twitter's censorship June 2019

Lila Rose of pro-life group Live Action on Twitter’s censorship June 2019

Breitbart read Rose’s Tweet and reported, “In June 2017, Live Action noted Twitter called its pro-life messages ‘offensive and inflammatory.'”

“What exactly is Twitter calling so offensive and inflammatory?” the group asked. “Tweeting a picture of a child developing in the womb and saying that we believe in the right to life. Or tweeting ultrasound images, like the ones that most expectant moms hang on their refrigerator doors.”

Twitter and Live Action Example 3

Twitter censors Live Action example of inflammatory tweet

Twitchy also weighed in, claiming Twitter was insisting “basically, any content that tells the truth about the horrors of abortion must be removed from their site and Twitter feeds for the ban to be lifted. What a crock.”

On April 3, 2019, Live Action News documented that while Twitter continued its refusal to permit Live Action to purchase ads, the company was happy to take thousands of ad dollars from abortion corporation Planned Parenthood, abortion supporters Alyssa Milano, and ReproAction. At that time, when Live Action News reviewed Twitter’s Ad Transparency page, it revealed:

Has anything changed? Well… yes. Since that time, PPFA has spent an additional $54K in Twitter ads while its political arm, PPACT, spent nearly $5K.

The latest count reveals that Twitter has accepted nearly $200,000 from Planned Parenthood:

  • Planned Parenthood (PPFA) has recently purchased over$175,000 in Twitter advertisements.
  • Planned Parenthood Action (PPACT), the group’s political arm, has spent $15,100 in promoted tweets.
  • Emily’s List has spent $38,500 in promoted tweets.
Image: Planned Parenthood and PPACT Twitter ad spend June 6 2019

Planned Parenthood and PPACT Twitter ad spend June 6 2019

Last year, Lila Rose published an editorial in USA Today detailing her Twitter battle:

Twitter’s actions suggest it’s OK for Planned Parenthood to tweet that a woman has a right to an abortion, but when I tweet and try to promote that a baby has a right to life, Twitter considers that inflammatory.

Twitter’s actions suggest it’s fine for Planned Parenthood to tweet that taxpayers who don’t want to fund the nation’s largest abortion chain are “extremists,” but when I tweet that there are alternative options to Planned Parenthood, Twitter calls that an offensive violation of policy.

While the platform won’t censor our tweets outright, it has banned our ability to promote (advertise) our content beyond our own followers until we delete all of our tweets that it deems offensive. That includes tweets of our undercover investigations into the abortion industry, tweets calling for the end of taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, and any ultrasound images of preborn children.

“Yet Jack Dorsey says there’s no bias,” Rose wrote.

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