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YouTube will remove content promoting unsafe abortion methods and misinformation

  • YouTube will remove posts and advertisements promoting unsafe abortion methods and false claims.
  • The social media platform said it would ban such content as part of its medical misinformation policies.
  • After Roe’s fall last month, people took to social media to find online abortion resources.

YouTube said Thursday it would step up efforts to remove false abortion safety claims and instructions on unsafe abortion methods from the platform following the fall of Roe v. Wade.

In a statement on Twitterthe social media platform said it would ban such content as part of its medical misinformation policies.

“Like all of our policies on health/medical topics, we rely on guidelines published by health authorities,” YouTube said in the post. statement. “We prioritize connecting people to content from authoritative sources on health topics, and we continually revise our policies and products as real-world events unfold.”

Last month, the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 ruling that granted women the constitutional right to an abortion, prompting people to take to social media in search of online abortion resources following of the decision.

Although YouTube pledged to ban content about unsafe abortion methods, The Associated Press and Vice found that Facebook and Instagram removed posts about abortion pills immediately after abortion rights were removed on last month.

Facebook and Google profited from these ads promoting a potentially dangerous ‘abortion pill reversal’ procedure last year after they were viewed 18.4 million times, according to a report by the Center for Countering Digital. Hurry. But The Markup, a New York-based nonprofit, found ads and related posts still running on Facebook as recently as June.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists described the method as “not based on science and not meeting clinical standards”.

“Despite this, in states across the country, politicians are proposing laws to require doctors to recite a script that a medical abortion can be ‘reversed’ with doses of progesterone, to sow confusion and perpetuate stigma, and to steer women toward this unproven medical approach,” the organization said. “Unsubstantiated legislative mandates like this represent dangerous political interference and compromise patient care and safety.”