Twitter Suspends Unplanned During Weekend of Theatrical Release (Quickly Reinstates)

Twitter Suspended

Twitter suspended the official account of Unplanned, a movie about the true story of Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson who became a pro-life activist after she witnessed a fetus struggling for its life during an ultrasound-guided abortion. The suspension came during the movie’s opening weekend.

Twitter just suspended @UnplannedMovie during the weekend of its theatrical release.

@jack why are they suspended? You’ve banned both my & @LiveAction account from all promotions simply bc we’re pro-life. Have you banned this account because it challenges your pro-abortion bias?

– Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) 30 Mar 2019

After immediate and significant backlash, Twitter reinstated the account about an hour later and told Breitbart:

It wasn’t directly about this account. When an account violates the Twitter Rules, the system looks for linked accounts to mitigate things like ban evasion. In this case, on a second review, it was clear the account should not be affected by the other account’s suspension.

However, even after the account was reinstated, many users noticed they automatically unfollowed the Unplanned account and were unable to manually re-follow.

Hey @jack - why aren’t you letting me follow @UnplannedMovie ? I’ve tried eight times to support my friend @AbbyJohnson and @Twitter won’t let me. Others are having the same issue. Please correct this. Thank you.

– Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) 31 Mar 2019

This wasn’t fixed for at least another few hours.

Sources / Relevant Material

  1. Twitter @LilaGraceRose 1112040588906393602
  2. Twitter @PatriciaHeaton 1112569581460062208
  3. Breitbart "Twitter Suspends, Then Quickly Unsuspends Account of Pro-Life Movie 'Unplanned' During Release Week" by Allum Bokhari (30 Mar 2019)
  4. Christian Headlines "Twitter Suspends Unplanned Movie Account, Refuses to Let Twitter Users Follow the Account" by Kayla Koslosky (1 Apr 2019)
  5. Townhall "Twitter Suspends, Quickly Reinstates Pro-Life Movie 'Unplanned' On Opening Weekend" by Beth Baumann (30 Mar 2019)