After investigative reporters at Project Veritas published information from a whistleblower in Pinterest headquarters, revealing the social media site’s bias against pro-lifers, Twitter joined in the censorship. On Wednesday, Twitter banned Project Veritas for violating its “rules against posting private information.”
In this case, the “private information” was screenshots of Pinterest’s internal communications and Slack messages, which showed one Pinterest employee calling Ben Shapiro a “white supremacist” and adding him to the “sensitive terms list.”
Breaking News: Twitter has decided that investigative journalism is in violation of their terms of service – @Project_Veritas has been temporarily suspended from posting for tweeting internal communications from @Pinterest which show them calling @benshapiro a "white supremacist" pic.twitter.com/eJNDWEfanf
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) June 12, 2019
Project Veritas also discovered that the term “Christian” was removed from auto-fill search functions, and that for a time, users were not allowed to post any pins that linked to the pro-life Live Action website. An internal list showed that Live Action was on a banned list of porn sites, then banned entirely.
.@Pinterest allows abortion clinics to freely post ads for mail-order abortions, like the chemical pill RU-486.
But they banned all @LiveAction’s pro-life posts today, saying it was because we may have “detrimental effects on health & public safety.”
What’s banned & NOT banned: pic.twitter.com/0DeOmDkL7G
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) June 11, 2019
Pinterest also labeled undercover videos of Planned Parenthood from Center for Medical Progress’ David Daleiden as “conspiracy,” even though digital forensic experts said his videos were “authentic and show no evidence of manipulation.”
The layers of censorship here are overlapping. First, Pinterest censors content that offends their employees’ personal or political beliefs, despite what their users want to post or share according to their own personal or political beliefs. Second, Twitter then censors the investigative journalists exposing the Pinterest censorship. Then, YouTube removes content Project Veritas put up about the Pinterest and Twitter censorship. It’s a social media blackout.
As OANN host Liz Wheeler pointed out, Twitter apparently has a double standard for when they decide publishing leaks violates their rules. Previous revealing reports and leaks from journalists were not banned for sharing “private information.” Consider the sharing of President Trump’s tax returns, or the countless hacks from WikiLeaks shared on Twitter, including the Democratic National Convention’s emails and U.S. Army intelligence.
Did Twitter apply this so-called privacy standard to Wikileaks? Or HRC's emails? Or Trump's tax documents? NO. https://t.co/qMm8RlLmGO
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) June 12, 2019
According to these new Twitter rules , their privacy standard exists to protect only those who engage in the same biased censorship that Silicon Valley tech companies are notorious for.
Last week, YouTube demonetized conservative comedian Steven Crowder, meaning he could not earn ad revenue from his content like any other YouTube video creator. In 2017, Republican Marsha Blackburn’s promoted ad was pulled down by Twitter because she referenced Planned Parenthood’s side business of selling baby organs. In 2018, Facebook ads from the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List were blocked for being too “graphic.”
Why is Facebook so intent on disenfranchising Charlotte & Micah? They deserve to be allowed to tell their stories. But @Facebook is shutting down our ads that share how they survived premature births.
Charlotte ad – banned for being "too graphic" – decide for yourself: pic.twitter.com/DzRPl69phq
— Susan B. Anthony List (@SBAList) October 24, 2018
When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress in 2018, he admitted that Planned Parenthood had never been censored for their pro-abortion messages on Facebook.
Sen. Ted Cruz’s statement, who was questioning Zuckerberg at the time, has aged well: “There are a great many Americans who I think are deeply concerned that Facebook and other tech companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship.”