Not only did advertising for “Unplanned,” the newly released film about Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life activist, get shut out by most mainstream cable networks and hit with an R rating by the MPAA, it also faced censorship on Twitter during the film’s opening weekend.
The account was completely frozen for a few hours on Saturday before Twitter decided to remove tens of thousands of its followers.
Many users also commented that likes “vanished” so that it wouldn’t trend.
What is going on with the @UnplannedMovie account @TwitterSupport???— Courtney Holland ???? (@hollandcourtney) April 1, 2019
I WAS following @UnplannedMovie and just saw that I wasn’t anymore. So I went to refollow and this keeps happening!
Why won’t you let me follow this account @Twitter? pic.twitter.com/xBUsT4IeLd
WOW: First @UnplannedMovie's Twitter account was suspended, and now Twitter unilaterally removed roughly 85,000 of their followers.— Mike Tokes (@MikeTokes) April 1, 2019
Many users who followed the account are saying they have somehow unfollowed, and cannot follow them again.
This is conservative censorship. pic.twitter.com/C1OZUcnrOj
Hey @Twitter, where did 50K followers of #unplannedmovie go?— UnplannedMovie (@UnplannedMovie) April 1, 2019
The inbox is stacking up with messages saying we unfollowed each other.#Unplanned
#Update:— UnplannedMovie (@UnplannedMovie) April 1, 2019
200K followers in 36 hours
100K followers since mid day
15K impressions a min.
Account wronly suspended and now "reset"
A retweet from @DonaldJTrumpJr and yet...
[ #UNPLANNED MOVIE STILL NOT #Trending ]#MicDropIn5Words pic.twitter.com/c8MIJx86Xw
As of Monday morning, the film’s account reported that things looked like they were back to normal.
Who else is watching Twitter like a hawk?— UnplannedMovie (@UnplannedMovie) April 1, 2019
Thanks to all of you who noticed Twitter pitching them off our follower list! It looks like we're back to normal - and up to almost 200k!
#UnPlanned @benshapiro @LilaGraceRose @StudentsforLife
If you haven't seen or heard of the film yet check out the trailer below.
In theaters everywhere March 29. #Unplanned is the true story of one woman’s journey of transformation. Abby Johnson was one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation.Until the day she saw something that changed everything. https://t.co/FQ4aXWBgEh pic.twitter.com/iEClpfBLLP— UnplannedMovie (@UnplannedMovie) February 1, 2019
"Unplanned" landed in the top five in its opening weekend.