YouTube says it will start removing misinformation about abortion

(The Hill) – YouTube said Thursday it will begin removing content that spreads misinformation about abortion safety or gives instructions for unsafe abortion procedures.

The social media and video-sharing platform will also launch an information panel that it will attach to the videos to provide context on abortions from local and global health authorities on videos discussing abortion.

In a Twitter feedYouTube’s press account said the company is relying “on guidance issued by health authorities” as users upload videos and discuss abortion following last month’s Supreme Court ruling which overturned the nearly 50-year-old constitutional right to abortion.

“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,” the company wrote. society.

YouTube already has misinformation policies in place for COVID-19, elections, and vaccines, as it seeks to curb the spread of harmful content and misinformation.

After the Supreme Court overturned Roe, about half of all states sought to ban or severely restrict access to abortion.

The restrictions have raised fears that women may turn to more dangerous means of terminating their pregnancies.

Posts on TikTok and other social media platforms have spread information about posters of toxic herbs that could end pregnancies, with medical professionals saying they’ve seen an increase in such posts since Roe’s cancellation. according to Bloomberg.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a webpage with reproductive health information.


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