Tuesday, December 5, 2017

FCC Chairman Blasts Twitter for Censoring Tweets from Pro-Life Groups

The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has excoriated the social media platform Twitter for censoring pro-life posts and other social conservative viewpoints. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says that Twitter is employing a “double standard” in blocking conservative content while leaving liberal messaging untouched.

Pai pointed to a recent incident in which Twitter took down a pro-life advertisement from Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn. Blackburn had posted an advertisement for the launch of her campaign for the U.S. Senate. Representative Blackburn’s ad touted her leadership in exposing Planned Parenthood’s marketing and sale of the body parts of aborted preborn children.

Congresswoman Blackburn had chaired a special legislative committee which investigated the actions of Planned Parenthood employees and contractors in the trafficking of fetal organs and fetal tissue. The advertisement on Twitter showed Blackburn saying that she “fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts, thank God.”

Twitter yanked the ad, saying that it included an “inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction,” and that it had “higher standards for their content.” Twitter officials said they would restore the ad if Blackburn pulled the reference to Planned Parenthood. After a huge outcry from the social media community, Twitter reinstated the ad, saying that it had reevaluated the ad “in the context of the entire message.”

Chairman Pai says that providers like Twitter are making political value judgements about what content users see. “The company appears to have a double standard when it comes to suspending or de-verifying conservative users’ accounts as opposed to those of liberal users. Providers like Twitter routinely block or discriminate against conduct they don’t like.” . . . . Read More

Tags: FCC Chairman, Blasts Twitter,  Censoring Tweets, Pro-Life Groups To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the Greater Fitchburg For Life. Thanks!

No comments :