Defending unborn lives on social media is a difficult thing given Big Tech’s strong pro-abortion bias. Pro-life groups and individuals have faced suspensions, bans, the inability to advertise their content and been falsely fact-checked by pro-abortion sources. Their messages, including stories of abortion survivors, have been prohibited for being “inflammatory,” “inappropriate” or “sensational.”
Twitter banned Live Action and its president Lila Rose from advertising unless it deleted all objectionable “inflammatory” content. That list included ultrasound images, investigations of Planned Parenthood and any descriptions of abortion procedures — in other words, most everything a pro-life organization does to help people realize the unborn are human beings whose lives have intrinsic value.
When Rose used Twitter to call out TikTok for allowing viral video of girls gleefully entering a Planned Parenthood for abortions and one having an abortion on camera (in clear violation of its policies), Twitter removed her Tweet as a violation. Meanwhile, TikTok banned Live Action in January 2020. After a backlash, it reinstated the account blaming “human error.”
After multiple Susan B. Anthony List ads were removed by Facebook just ahead of the 2018 midterms, President Marjorie Dannenfelser responded, “All the information presented in our ads has been factual, if surprising to those unwilling to face the reality of pro-abortion extremism. Facebook is censoring the truth and political free speech.”
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood promotes its work killing hundreds of thousands of babies each year without fear of censorship. After all, the tech companies give them millions. According to the Family Council, Microsoft and PayPal are both direct donors to Planned Parenthood, and Amazon, Google, PayPal and YouTube also give through third-party donors. Google even gave Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards a “Change Champion Award” in 2017.
Even as Facebook was being accused of bias against conservatives and pro-lifers, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg donated a combined $2 million to Planned Parenthood’s political arm. Tumblr employees also banded together to give Planned Parenthood Action $80,000 in 2017, tweeting #TumblrStandsWithPP. Tumblr staff encouraged other people to donate too.
- Students for Life said Facebook flagged its ad exposing the dangers of drug-induced abortions as “sensational” in 2020, and would not allow them to run it. The site also unfairly fact-checked those who called Planned Parenthood an “abortion business.”
- On the word of a Brazilian fact-checker, Instagram wrongly hid a LifeNews story about discrimination against unborn babies with Down Syndrome. It covered the post with a declaration “Independent Fact-Checkers Say This Is False,” and removed it from relevant hashtags.
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted a fact-check against Live Action involved bias and bias is “an issue we’ve struggled with for a long time.” Fact-checkers had attacked two Live Action videos for saying “abortion is never medically necessary,” prompting Facebook to reduce visibility of the organization’s page.
- Film producer Nick Loeb accused Facebook of refusing to allow ads for his upcoming film: Roe v. Wade. Facebook told Yahoo this was part of new rules governing ads on issues of “national importance,” which include stating who paid for an advertisement.
- During an abortion referendum in Ireland in 2019, Facebook intentionally blocked U.S. pro-life groups’ advertisements meant to influence the Irish vote. Ireland went on to allow abortion.
- After Project Veritas exposed Pinterest’s blocking of pro-life content, Big Tech companies including YouTube, Twitter, Reddit and Vimeo all suppressed the video or took action against its creators.
- Following the passage of Georgia’s “heartbeat bill” to protect the unborn, 180 business leaders including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey signed a public letter declaring laws like it “bad for business” on behalf of Square, another company he leads.
- Twitter temporarily suspended the Unplanned filmmakers account and disappeared 99 percent of its followers without explanation. For a time, Twitter did not allow people to follow the account prompting tweets from Abby Johnson and actress Patricia Heaton. Heaton tweeted: “Hey @jack - why aren’t you letting me follow @UnplannedMovie ? I’ve tried eight times to support my friend @AbbyJohnson and @Twitter won’t let me. Others are having the same issue. Please correct this. Thank you.” The problem was later resolved.
- When Dorsey claimed Twitter doesn’t discriminate based on viewpoint, Lila Rose hit back saying, “... He’s wrong. / My account and @LiveAction’s account have been banned from advertising for years. Because we’re pro-life. / Twitter told us our videos, tweets, and even our website content is ‘inflammatory.’”
- Instagram removed (and later reinstated) a Christian comic for “hate speech” because it showed parallels between arguments for abortion and those for slavery. Instagram called it an “error.”
- Susan B. Anthony list works to elect pro-life women. Just before the 2018 election, Facebook blocked multiple SBA list ads: one supporting Marsha Blackburn for Senate and two abortion survivor stories.
- When Blackburn (R-TN) ran for Senate in 2017, she described her pro-life credentials in a campaign announcement ad. But saying she “stopped the sale of [aborted] baby body parts” was deemed too “inflammatory” by Twitter, which blocked it. Public pressure forced the company to reverse course a day later.
- Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg claimed it would not have blocked the Blackburn ad. However, the company has blocked pro-life ads since that time.
- After an abortion activist with Slate.com complained about pro-life YouTube results in a search for “abortion,” YouTube downgraded pro-life content which had millions of views. Slate’s April Glaser gloated, “YouTube changed the results after I asked.”