Twitter says it may “refine” its policies after reversing position on Blackburn campaign ad

Twitter says it may “refine” its policies after reversing position on Blackburn campaign ad
From TechCrunch - October 10, 2017

For the second time in less than three weeks, Twitter has said it will look at its policies following controversy over tweets by a politician. On Tuesday, Twitter reversed a decision it made the day before to block a campaign video from Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican representative from Tennessee, for breaking its ad policies. In a media statement, a Twitter spokesperson said While we initially determined that a small portion of the video used potentially inflammatory language,after reconsidering the ad in the context of the entire message, webelieve that there is room to refine our policies around these issues.

Last month, Twitter promised an update to its public-facing rules after explaining that it allowed a tweet by President Donald Trump about North Korea, which critics believed violated the platforms user policies, to stay up because of its newsworthiness.

According to a report by Buzzfeed News, Twitter sent an email to the Blackburn campaign explaining it would allow the video ad if it removed a line mentioning the sale of baby body parts, which refer to allegations by anti-abortion against Planned Parenthood which have been discredited by multiple state investigations.

In the email, which was obtained by Buzzfeed, Twitter told the campaign that The line in this video specific to stopped the sale of baby body parts has been deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction. If this is omitted from the video it will be permitted to serve.

.@Twitter shut down our video ad, claiming its inflammatory & negative. Join me in standing up to Silicon ValleyRETWEET our message!

Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) October 9, 2017

Ironically (but not surprisingly), Twitters initial decision to ban the ad gave it more publicity, with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeting that Twitter continues campaign against GOP.

.@Twitter continues campaign against @GOP : @AP : Twitter shuts down @MarshaBlackburn campaign announcement video


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