Meta says it mistakenly restricted a Planned Parenthood post about abortion pills

Facebook parent company Meta said it recently accidentally removed a Planned Parenthood of Michigan post that contained information about where to get abortion drugs. “Medical termination of pregnancy is a non-surgical way to terminate a first trimester pregnancy. These drugs, which are FDA-approved for use up to about 10 weeks’ gestation, are highly effective and have a low risk of serious side effects,” the post said (above ), with a link to a website with a list of providers.

A warning Planned Parenthood of Michigan spokeswoman Ashlea Phenicie said the post was restricted for violating Facebook’s policies. “The community standards apply globally and help keep Facebook safe and welcoming for everyone,” the notification reads.

Abortion is legal in Michigan. The removal came after Meta admitted posts about abortion pills in June. In the days following the Supreme Court’s June 24 overturning decision Roe v. Calf, motherboard found that the company had flagged posts that said, “Abortion can be mailed.” According to Meta, content discussing the affordability of prescription drugs is allowed on Facebook, but users cannot use the platform to buy, sell, trade, gift, request, or donate medicines.

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