YouTube will eliminate misinformation related to abortion


Youtube said On Thursday, it will remove misinformation related to abortion on its platform worldwide, including content that “provides instructions” for unsafe abortion procedures without scientific backing as well as false claims such as procedure causes infertility, as social media companies battle the spread of misinformation following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.


YouTube prioritizes “connecting people to content from authoritative sources on health topics” and “will continually review our policies and products as real-world events unfold,” the company said. in a press release. thread on Twitter.

YouTube also plans to attach an information panel to abortion-related content on the platform to direct viewers to credible sources.

The policy will go into effect on Thursday and marks an addition to the company’s existing disinformation policies on Covid-19, the vaccine and the election.

Key context

The experts rang alarms about a spike in abortion-related misinformation following Roe v. Wade from the Supreme Court in June. Videos on social media platforms sharing potentially dangerous ways to induce abortions with herbs have since has proliferated on TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. TikTok said it is working to remove abortion videos that violate its medical misinformation policy, according at CNN. YouTube, meanwhile, went under Fire fact-checking organizations in recent years for failing to take enough action to combat the spread of misinformation on its platform. Google, the parent company of YouTube, promised earlier this month to automatically remove location data from users visiting abortion clinics after some abortion rights advocates raised concerns the data could be used to prosecute those who seek to access abortions in states where the procedure is illegal. Law enforcement has turned to Google frequently for data in recent years, executing more than 40,000 search warrants and subpoenas in the United States for user information in the first half of 2020. according at Google.

Further reading

YouTube will start removing misinformation related to abortion (CNN)

Over 80 fact-checking organizations slam YouTube’s ‘insufficient’ response to misinformation (CNN)

Abortion bans heighten scrutiny of Google and its user data (Washington Post)

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