The popular social media platform TikTok has come under fire once again. Pro-life leader Lila Rose criticized TikTok for not allowing her organization, Live Action, to run ads on the platform. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood has consistently been allowed to run pro-choice ads on the platform.
In addition to the ban on ads, Rose’s personal TikTok account has also been banned. Leaders of Live Action put out a statement calling this, “yet another attempt to silence pro-life speech”. It is of note that Live Action claims to be the only pro-life group on TikTok with a substantial following.
Michael Foust, of ChristianHeadlines.com, points out that TikTok is “particularly popular among teens and young adults”, leading to concerns that our youth is only receiving messages from one side of the issue. Foust explains:
Although Live Action’s content is still available to those who search for it, the organization said it is “blocked from expanding” its reach to new viewers.
“Unfortunately, censorship is nothing new to us,” Rose said. “Large technology companies play an ever larger role in our lives, including by deciding what information we come in contact with. We must rise against this unjust censorship. While we respectfully demand the reinstatement of our ads on TikTok, we will also proactively work to expand our reach on all of our other platforms.”
While Live Action is allowed to remain on TikTok, they have been “shadow banned”, meaning they cannot achieve organic growth on the platform. Leaders of Live Action say they have dealt with censorship for years, but will not give up on getting their message out on social media. Foust continued:
TikTok and members of “Big Tech” are “trying to muzzle the pro-life message” from young people, Live Action said.
“We believe that one crucial step towards ending abortion in our country is saturating the online market with powerful and transformative pro-life content that counters pro-abortion lies and is proven to change minds and save lives,” Rose said. “We work hard to reach young people to expose the abortion industry and reveal the beauty of new life from the moment of fertilization. The longer we are suppressed on TikTok, the more lives that will be lost to abortion. The censorship must end.”
To read the full piece from Foust, click here.