Why Did TikTok Ban Pro-Life Group From Social Media Platform?

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The trending video-creation app TikTok recently restored content from Live Action – the most popular pro-life account on its platform – after the group was temporarily banned from the app, according to a Friday press release containing screenshots of the Live Action account’s deactivation status.

After initially citing on Thursday that one of Live Action’s most recent videos “violated community guidelines,” TikTok then proceeded to deactivate the pro-life organization’s entire account, of which 21,000 users were following since its launch in August 2019. The video that TikTok deemed problematic showcased “the beautiful personal stories that some of our followers have shared with us about choosing life for their babies,” Live Action president Lila Rose wrote in a Twitter thread.

“No content within the video displayed any graphic images, violent content, political advocacy, or any other materials that could be reasonably deemed as offensive,” a second Live Action press release noted.

Live Action says they received no further clarification as to why their content was deemed inappropriate for the video-sharing app. After they were informed of the violation, the pro-life group said they immediatly appealed TikTok’s decision.

Before the account was restored, Rose called out the ban as “another egregious attack on the pro-life movement by pro-abortion Big Tech.”

“This is blatant viewpoint discrimination and an egregious attempt to silence pro-life voices,” another Live Action spokesperson chimed in. TikTok ought to “allow all voices on the platform.”

As of Friday early-afternoon, Live Action’s TikTok account is back up and running.

Rose stated that TikTok, with its 800 million active users, “is a crucial platform to spread our life-saving message on.”

“The platform BANNED Live Action’s educational content, yet regularly permits videos that simulate brutal harm to preborn infants,” Rose tweeted before @LiveActionOrg was restored.

Twitter users were quick to weigh in on the matter, including Time magazine columnist David French who stated it’s “completely unsurprising that a company from the nation of forced abortion would censor pro-life speech.”

TikTok is a “Chinese-owned app” which has “burst into Western markets over the last few years,” The Hill notes.

Live Action said it’s “not the first time a social media platform has banned or suppressed” their content. “In 2017, Twitter banned Live Action from advertising on the platform … that ban is still in effect.”