Abortion: YouTube said it would remove content promoting unsafe abortions. Videos containing false claims about the safety of abortion. Will be included in its misinformation policy, the company said on Twitter.
YouTube said it will provide factual health information in information panels on quit videos and search results.
US gender justice group UltraViolet says this will help protect public health, but tech firms need to do more.
Shaunna Thomas, its co-founder and chief executive, said immediate action was needed to preven. A “disinformation epidemic” and provide pregnant people with reliable information about reproductive health.
She said the demand for it has become even more urgent after Roe v. Wade was overturned.
YouTube said it began removing content that advises and promotes unsafe abortion methods. On Thursday and will “expand” over the next few weeks.
Ms Thomas said: “TikTok, Twitter and Meta must follow YouTube’s lead and stop the spread of this dangerous misinformation.”
UltraViolet was among more than 200 signatories to a letter sent to YouTube. Meta, TikTok and Twitter earlier this month. Arguing that the companies are “currently enabling and profiting from dangerous medical misinformation.”
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American health care providers and non-profit organizations that signed the letter said content promoting alternatives to approved abortion drugs is particularly dangerous and requires immediate action by companies.
Recently, social media posts promoting toxic herbs as a method have raised alarm among medical experts.
The drugs mifepristone and misoprostol, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. They are considered the safest and most effective medical way to end an unwanted pregnancy.
Abortion methods and theories on social media
Promoting “unproven” abortion methods and theories on social media is “not just dangerous – it’s life-threatening,” Ms Thomas said.
She added that while YouTube’s pledge to address abortion misinformation was a “significant improvement,”. Its criteria for identifying abortion-related medical misinformation should be extended to other Google-owned products.
The Center to Combat Digital Hate (CCDH) released a report in June. That found Google Search and Maps directed some users looking for its clinics and information to “fake” clinics.
In so-called “trigger states” where it could become illegal after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, CCDH research found that 11% of abortion Google searches led users to clinics promoting alternatives to abortion.
Callum Hood, head of research at CCDH, said tech companies “cannot claim to take. Its misinformation seriously until they address the problem in all its forms”.
He said this included dealing with misleading ads for “bogus abortion clinics”. And content promoting “unproven and potentially dangerous” methods of reversing an abortion.