An ad launched by the Progress Action Fund showing a senior Republican congressman interrupting a couple in the bedroom has now been banned on X, formerly known as Twitter.
According to the Progress Action Fund, which aims to defeat Republicans in the red states, the platform has “censored” her account as well as the ad titled “Keep Republicans Out Of Your Bedroom.” In addition, the platform “imposed a ‘search ban’ and a ‘search suggestion ban’ on the account.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, the account was not visible on the social media platform, but the ad was still visible via retweets from other accounts on X.
The Progress Action Fund said it contacted the platform’s legal department and “appealed the decision, which was denied”.
Joe Jacobson, founder and executive director of the Progress Action Fund, criticized X’s owners: “Elon Musk loves free speech, but only when it suits him and his far-right political agenda.”
“Political speech is protected by law, and Musk’s competitors clearly agree that our ad should not be censored,” he continued. “If we publish ads in the future, we will push them to other platforms, as many others are already doing given Elon Musk’s frantic and poor leadership on Twitter.”
The Independent asked X for a comment.
The Advertisement shows a scene in which a woman asks a man if he has a condom. He reaches for the condom in a nightstand drawer, and another suit-clad arm appears and grabs it as well.
“Sorry, you can’t use those,” says an elderly man dressed in a black suit and red tie while standing by the bed. When the woman asks who he is, he replies, “I’m your Republican congressman. Now that we are in charge, we are banning birth control.”
The ad urges voters to vote “no” on August 8 state problem 1This would require proposed amendments to the Ohio Constitution “receive the approval of at least 60 percent of the eligible voters voting on the proposed amendment,” rather than a simple majority.
Since taking over Twitter, Mr Musk himself stated: “Free speech absolutist‘ has touted freedom of expression as a pillar of the platform. As part of that shift in taking power, he restored Donald Trump’s account after a two-year suspension imposed “because of the risk of further inciting violence” following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. He also rehired at least 11 Accounts of prominent far-right and anti-trans influencers.
On November 23, the platform announced that it was “no longer enforcing the policy on misleading information related to Covid-19.”
As recently as April, the platform claimed it was keen to “promote and protect public discussion.” We believe Twitter users have the right to express their opinions and ideas without fear of censorship.”
In May, he wrote: “I am fully committed to defending freedom of expression, even if it means losing money.”