|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2020
|CONTACT: Mallory Quigley
Washington, D.C. – Today the China-based, video-sharing social networking service TikTok apologized to pro-life advocacy group Live Action after a sudden and unexplained ban on the group’s account, allegedly for “multiple community guidelines violations.” TikTok later reinstated Live Action’s account, calling the ban a “mistake” and the result of human error, and concluding the “account is not in violation of any of our Community Guidelines.”
The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) responded in a statement:
“The opaque and arbitrary removal of Live Action’s account should never have occurred and pro-life advocates need assurance it will not happen again,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “For years, tech giants have demonstrated a pattern of bias, actively undermining, suppressing and censoring groups like Live Action and SBA List who share the pro-life message in a winsome and highly effective way. At the same time, they’ve allowed the abortion lobby led by Planned Parenthood free rein to promote violence against unborn children. The right to voice one’s convictions is a foundational American value. We’re encouraged that at least one American company, Facebook, is taking steps to protect free speech and urge others – foreign and domestic – to respect it as well. Censorship is unacceptable and the Pro-life Movement will always fight back to end it.”
SBA List is a network of more than 837,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.