On Friday, President Barack Obama used his executive authority to ban Twitter accounts belonging to pro-life activists, a move that quickly generated an avalanche of negative publicity for the social media platform.
In response to the president’s decision, Twitter users quickly organized and rallied around the hashtag #StandWithAbby, which has now received more than 13 million views and counting.
The hashtag, which originated on social media site Reddit, has been embraced by conservatives as an example of the “Left’s attack on free speech,” as one user wrote on the subreddit.
“The internet is standing with Abby,” another user wrote.
“Twitter is the internet.
They don’t deserve to get the boot.
We will not back down.”
“It’s a great day for free speech!” wrote another user.
“It was a shame that he’s going to ban all pro-lifers, but the internet does not want to let the Left’s attack against free speech stand!”
According to the President’s Department of Justice, the Twitter ban was meant to protect users from “harmful accounts.”
However, it was quickly revealed that the ban had the effect of targeting people with “hate speech,” including the pro-choice group, Operation Rescue, which posted an anti-abortion video titled “Abortion is Murder!” that was viewed more than 1 million times.
Operation Rescue also said that it was notified of the ban by Twitter, which is now “reviewing our policy to determine how we can continue to share the best of the internet and encourage freedom of expression.”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wrote on Twitter that the company was “reviewING our policy” to determine “how we can share the most interesting, thought-provoking, and compelling content on the web.”
However it is unclear what that means exactly, given that Twitter has not yet responded to a request for comment.
“We are working to update our policies and policies to reflect the current state of the world,” a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
“For example, we are currently reviewing our policy for how we determine what constitutes hate speech.
We are also looking into how we will better prevent the spread of harmful content on Twitter.
We have more information to share.”
Operation Rescue is not the only group to receive criticism for its anti-Abortion message, with many on Twitter saying that the pro–life message was “just too divisive.”
The group was founded by a man named Kyle Chapman, who is currently under investigation for allegedly plotting to kill the Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“I hate the word ‘family,'” Chapman said in a video posted by the group in 2013.
“Abortions are murder.
It is a heinous crime.
I do not believe in the unborn child, I believe in killing the unborn baby.”
According to The Hill, Chapman is currently in prison awaiting trial.
The pro-abortion group, which Chapman helped found, has a history of targeting women with violence, including a 2016 attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado that left three people dead.
A YouTube video of the incident was later removed from the internet, and several anti-choice organizations have condemned the violence.
Earlier this year, Chapman was found guilty of attempted murder and attempted arson for the attack, but was acquitted of murder.
In a statement on Facebook, Operation Save America, which organized the rally at the Twitter headquarters, said it was “deeply disappointed that the Twitter president would be attempting to impose a total ban on the speech of the prolife and pro-family organizations who have been working tirelessly to protect the lives of unborn children and families.”
“Our groups have faced a number of threats on Twitter,” Operation Save wrote.
However, Twitter’s new policy, which took effect on Thursday, does not include the phrase “abortion is murder.”
It also does not mention the phrase abortion is murder.
Twitter did not respond to a question about whether the company plans to add the phrase to its policies.
On Saturday, Operation Restore America posted another video featuring Chapman and other pro-Life leaders speaking about the Twitter policy.
“A Twitter ban would be like putting a bomb in your home,” Chapman said.
“You don’t want to be in that situation.
You want to make sure it doesn’t go off.”