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It isn’t quite like the Streisand Effect, but it’s a good digital variation for 2017 to experience. Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn tried to officially launch her campaign to replace retiring Tennessee Senator Bob Corker by posting a 2+ minute video on Twitter and publicizing it through Twitter ads. According to the ad agency making the buy, the ad was rejected by Twitter because a mention of her stance against abortion agencies selling baby body parts was “deemed an inappropriate statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.”
Twitter definitely got a strong negative reaction… from conservative media and conservative Twitter users.
Her campaign’s Twitter account reposted the video (it was not censored, just denied advertising promotions) and told their story. It’s going viral. As of the writing of this article, it has nearly 4k retweets and over 3k likes. In a world where a President gets over 100k likes regularly, this might seem small, but the Tweet itself has been posted on dozens if not hundreds of sites. This means it might not be getting viral Twitter stats, but the video is definitely getting the views. Here’s the Tweet and video:
.@Twitter shut down our video ad, claiming it's "inflammatory" & "negative." Join me in standing up to Silicon Valley → RETWEET our message! pic.twitter.com/K3w4AMgW6i
— Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) October 9, 2017
Twitter advertising is relatively cheap compared to television and radio, but it’s not the penny-per-view medium that it was when it started. Even if they put a 5-digit budget behind it (they probably didn’t), it wouldn’t have had nearly as many plays as it’s getting today. The account that it was posted from is accustomed to getting a couple hundred likes and retweets. This will be their biggest Tweet yet.
By trying to quash Blackburn’s pro-life message (which, incidentally, accounted for just a few seconds of the 2 minute, 43 second video), Twitter made the message go big and put her instantly in the driver’s seat to win her election. Steve Bannon is probably smiling about this right about now.
Twitter drops GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s ad for ‘inflammatory’ line about Planned Parenthood | Fox News
Twitter told Blackburn’s campaign in an email obtained by Fox News that the line was “deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.”
Marsha Blackburn Campaign Ad Blocked on Twitter | National Review
Twitter has blocked a campaign ad by Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn — a current representative from Tennessee — asserting that it contained an “inflammatory statement” about abortion that could no longer be promoted on the site.
Twitter Sides With Planned Parenthood Over Marsha Blackburn Campaign Ad
Apparently, the SJW’s at Twitter were clutching their pearls and fainting to the floor over a practice Planned Parenthood has exposed as doing and shamelessly.
Twitter Should Stay Out Of Abortion Politics For Its Own Good
In the ad, Blackburn claims, “I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts. Thank God.” Fact check: True. A Twitter representative informed the campaign that this was “deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.” Well, yeah. One hopes the sale of human body parts, which despite the histrionics from liberals after The Center for Medical Progress exposed Planned Parenthood, should arouse some strong negative — and positive — reactions.
Twitter Censors Marsha Blackburn video that criticizes PP | The Resurgent
Twitter blocked the ad from being shown on their platform, arguing that the ad contains an “inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.” The company noted that the ad can “serve” if the statement is “omitted” from the video.
INSANE: Twitter BLOCKS Marsha Blackburn’s political video ad because it’s pro-life! – The Right Scoop
This is just absurd. All she does is explain what the issue is about – she doesn’t even use graphic terms or images. But that’s where we’re at now – our social media platforms are run to censor speech according to liberal standards while conservatives are left out in the dark…
Marsha Blackburn raising money off Twitter blocking pro-life campaign ad
Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn is working to rally support from donors after Twitter blocked a campaign ad from appearing on the site over a statement about the “sale of baby body parts,” and said the “liberal elite” are trying to censor her for “telling the truth.”
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