Twitter removes tweet by Republican congresswoman who boasts of stopping 'the sale of baby body parts' in Senate campaign video

Business Insider | 10/9/2017 | Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Senate campaign announcement ad has been blocked by Twitter over a statement the abortion rights opponent makes about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research.

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.”

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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.

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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.

Blackburn took to Twitter to urge supporters to re-post her video and join her in “standing up to Silicon Valley.”

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Blackburn was the chair of a Republican-run House panel created to investigate Planned Parenthood and the world of fetal tissue research that...
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