Unplanned Director Accuses Google and Twitter of Censorship
The writer and director of Unplanned says Google and Twitter engaged in a form of censorship and discrimination against the popular pro-life movie.
Chuck Konzelman, who co-wrote and co-directed the film, appeared Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, which was examining the confluence of technology, public discourse and free speech. Experts on free speech and a representative from Facebook also appeared.
“In a digital age, exclusion from the digital arena isn’t just discriminatory,” Konzelman said. “It’s the most insidiously effective form of censorship imaginable.”
Konzelman said Google Ads blocked Unplanned banner advertisements. Google, he added, referenced a company policy against abortion-related ads.
“Just one problem: We weren’t doing abortion-related ads. We were marketing a movie,” he told senators. “We firmly believe they were sharpshooting us — hiding behind highly selective and discriminatory enforcement of their own guidelines. It is impossible for me to quantify the damage done by Google’s refusal, but it’s absurd to think that there wasn’t damage done.”
Konzelman — who appeared alongside co-director and co-writer Cary Solomon — also mentioned Twitter’s suspension of the Unplanned account. It was restored after about three hours.
“The reason for the suspension has not – to the best of my knowledge – been made clear, beyond being accidental,” he said. “However, when such accidents occur within 12 hours of the film’s theatrical debut – and after nine months of ownership, during which time there were zero suspensions – the glitch is of
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