If you’re not progressive, your voice does not matter to Twitter.
The Twitter account of the new pro-life movie, Unplanned, is suffering through a series of what I can only describe as a politically motivated attack at the hands of Twitter. Not too surprisingly, Twitter is committing actions which it has denied doing multiple times in the past. This time though, many are witnessing it happening in real time.
The movie is based on a true story of a Planned Parenthood clinic director that had a change of heart. The movie is unapologetically pro-life, and obviously diametrically opposed to the politics of those that run Twitter. The Twitter address of the movie remains unverified, and on the day of the movie release, the account was suspended. The day of premier, when a movie’s social media accounts work overtime to get their word out, Twitter chose to suspend the account, with no explanation. Only after being called out on the action by numerous conservative voices, did Twitter allow the account to be reopened. A late explanation in the manner of a form letter stated that “after further review, we have unsuspended your account as it does not appear to be in violation of the Twitter Rules.” In other words, we can expect yet another explanation of the suspension just being an ill-timed mistake.
And yet these mistakes only happen to conservative accounts, and never to liberal accounts.
Oddly enough, the attention the movie has received due to Twitter banning the account, seems to have made for a very successful opening weekend to the movie, with it breaking into the top 5 viewed movies of the weekend. The movie has hearned over $6 million, which is nothing compared to a Hollywood blockbuster, but more than doubled predictions. It seems that while Twitter attempted to bury the movie, instead it made it a success.
But if you read followers comments on their profile, it seems that Twitter is not finished. Many users are complaining that they cannot follow the page, even after clicking follow multiple times. Some are claiming that they can even see their likes and follows being removed. These are the very actions that Twitter testified to Congress that they did not do, and the very actions that have been observed occurring on Twitter multiple times during debate on hot topic political issues.
Twitter claims it is a “platform and not a publisher” thereby limiting their culpability. However, with Twitter’s strong-armed tactics of promoting the politics they agree with, and burying those they do not, that conclusion requires an impossible leap of logic.
The question that should be asked is why? Why does censorship keep raising it’s ugly head during our current political climate? Everyone has opinions. Everyone is entitled to those opinions. Here in the United States, we are constitutionally guaranteed the right to express our opinions. Yet time after time, Twitter (and Facebook for that matter) are found to be silencing one side of a discussion. Either through deleting posts, suspending or banning accounts, or simply hiding those accounts from other’s timelines. Even from those that chose to follow those accounts. Regardless of your own beliefs on the topic of the movie, surely we must all agree that the movie makers have a right to tell their story.
If you need to silence the other side, to bring people to your side, the your side must be sorely lacking in any convincing arguments or evidence.