Twitter flags Trump campaign and Matt Gaetz for anti-abortion content on eve of March for Life

January 28, 2020
In The News

Anti-abortion posts on Twitter received a "sensitive material" warning in the 24 hours leading up to the March for Life rally on Friday.

Both President Trump's reelection campaign and Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, had a warning for graphic, gory, or violent content placed on their tweets. The tweet from the president's campaign posted a video depicting couples with newborn babies and a pregnant woman viewing an ultrasound.

"We know that life is the greatest miracle of all. We see it in the eyes of every new mother who cradles that wonderful, innocent, and glorious newborn child in her loving arms," Trump says in the video. "Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life."

Twitter's guidelines explain that users cannot post things that are "excessively gory or share violent or adult content" and that "media depicting sexual violence and/or assault is also not permitted."

A spokeswoman for the social media site told the Washington Free Beacon that it was done "in error" and that the warning was removed.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany accused the social media platform of "censorship" and argued that this was "a perfect example of the left stomping on any idea they don't like."

Gaetz posted a video from his congressional account earlier this week corresponding with the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. In the video, to which Twitter added a "potentially sensitive material" warning, he referenced his "sincere hope" that the Supreme Court case will be overturned.

Twitter told the Washington Times that the warning was generated accidentally and was later removed. The Florida congressman also accused the social media platform of censorship.