YouTube pulls videos with information on unsafe abortion methods

YouTube says it will remove content that provides instructions on unsafe abortion methods as well as false claims about abortion safety. Such content violates the platform’s policy on medical misinformation. YouTube says it will begin removing these videos today and will ramp up its efforts in the coming weeks.

Additionally, YouTube adds an information box below abortion-related videos and above related search results. The panel includes context and information from local and global health authorities, the service said.

“As with all of our policies on health/medical issues, we rely on published guidance from public health authorities,” YouTube Insider tweeted . “We value connecting people with content from authoritative sources on health topics, and we continually review our policies and products as real-world events evolve.”

YouTube is making the move after US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade overturned a ruling that secured abortion rights in the country. After the court decision at the end of June, several states immediately decided to ban abortion.

The platform banned COVID-19 misinformation after the outbreak of the pandemic. As of August 2021, more than a million videos containing dangerous COVID-19 misinformation have been removed. The following month, the platform banned content containing misinformation about vaccines.

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