Twitter has been accused by pro-life group Live Action of suppressing its ads. Live Action founder and president Lila Rose said her organization was told by Twitter that their ads were offensive and in violation of its hate speech policy. (2013 file photo/Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
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The pro-life group Live Action accused Twitter on Monday of suppressing its advertisements.
Live Action founder and president Lila Rose said her organization was told by Twitter that its ads were offensive and in violation of Twitter's hate speech policy.
On its website, Live Action said that Twitter will not allow them to advertise its content “until we delete ALL the tweets it deems offensive — or, in reality, all the tweets that offend Planned Parenthood”:
Twitter has told us that we must delete:
1. all of our tweets calling for the end of taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood,
2. all of our tweets of our undercover investigations into Planned Parenthood, and
3. any ultrasound images of preborn children.
Live Action contrasted its ads with ads from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, that were approved by Twitter:
On Monday, Rose told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that while Planned Parenthood is advertising on Twitter, “Live Action, which is the leading pro-life platform for the pro-life movement, is not allowed to.”
Rose said Twitter characterized Live Action’s ads as a “violation of their hate and sensitive policy.” She said the ads in question “show ultrasound images; they’re fact-checks of Planned Parenthood; they’re discussing the prenatal life and its beauty."
“These are the sorts of tweets that … Twitter is trying to block,” Rose said.
Rose said that Twitter is “a public company, so this is not something they’re telling their shareholders or they’re telling their users that they’re actually going to be blocking the advertisement of pro-life speech.
“I mean, this is something that they’ve been kind of keeping a secret, and now we’re trying to get this news out there that they’ve been blocking us,” she added.
Rose said she and her organization won’t delete any tweets.
A spokesperson for Twitter did not immediately return TheBlaze’s request for comment.
In a statement to Carlson and Fox News, a spokesperson for the company said: “Twitter has clear, transparent rules that every advertiser is required to follow, and the political viewpoints of an organization do not impact how these rules are applied.”
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