Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claimed in testimony before Congress just days ago, “We see that news and entertainment are actually byproducts of public conversation, and we see our role as helping to not only serve that public conversation so that everyone can benefit … but also to increase the health of that conversation.”
Except, apparently, when the viewpoint is pro-life.
That’s according to Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action, which has produced videos that reveal Planned Parenthood’s efforts to cover up child sex abuse and more.
Her organization is banned from advertising on Twitter, she explained to WND.
“Jack Dorsey … says they do not censor based on viewpoint,” she said. “That’s exactly what’s happening.”
She calls it “blatant viewpoint discrimination.”
Rose cited her appeal efforts through the Twitter corporate process, and the company’s rejection of her pro-life speech.
She even submitted a letter to Dorsey through an acquaintance, without results.
The issue is that Twitter, as a private company, is not bound by the First Amendment’s free-speech right.
During the appeal process, she explained, the company sent her a list of demands, including scrubbing from her online presence “any content that discusses abortion, including ultrasound technologies.”
She said she was told, “Basically, you cannot speak out on pro-life topics.”
WND attempts to reach Twitter and Dorsey for comment were unsuccessful.
Rose had just days ago discussed the dilemma with Tucker Carlson on Fox News:
She pointed out that Live Action is the leading online platform for the pro-life movement, with 3 million followers.
Her videos have been viewed hundreds of millions of times.
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Rose calls it a “terrible precedent” for a company to claim to provide fairness and then suppress one viewpoint.
There have been congressional hearings on the issue, as well as discussion of possible regulation by Congress or antitrust action by the Justice Department.
Others have simply pleaded with the tech industry to fix itself and eliminate such discrimination, so that government doesn’t have to do it.
Rose explained that many people have changed their minds about abortion when they’ve seen the truth about Planned Parenthood and other players in the nation’s gigantic abortion industry, which takes in billions of dollars a year.
She’s also seen as a result of her work a “political movement to stop tax funding of Planned Parenthood.”
“In fact, people’s hearts and minds actually are being reached.
“More and more people are having that ‘ah-ha’ moment about abortion,” she said.
“We keep trying. We’re not a tech company,” she said. “We’re an education group focused on the greatest human rights issue of our times.”