YouTube tackles misinformation about abortions

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YouTube s’ attack on disinformation on abortions

The United States Supreme Court revoked the federal right to voluntary termination of pregnancy a month ago.

YouTube announced on Thursday that it has taken steps to ban misinformation related to abortions, nearly a month after the United States Supreme Court struck down the federal right to elective termination of pregnancy (abortion).

Starting today and for the next several weeks, we will be removing content that instructs on unsafe abortion methods or promotes abortion. false claims about the dangers of abortions, said a spokeswoman for the platform.

Google's video service will add abortion content to its medical misinformation policies, which already prohibit false or misleading content about COVID-19 or vaccines. For example, claims that abortions are very risky or often cause infertility or cancer, the California group says.

We are evaluating our rules and products continuously as real-life events unfold, the spokesperson noted.

The invalidation of the Roe c. Wade sparked a wave of protests in the United States.

Since the Supreme Court invalidated the federal right to abortion (so far in force throughout the United States since 1973), several conservative states have already restricted or prohibited access to abortion. ;IVG.

Google, Meta (Facebook, Instagram) and others have been questioned on this subject on several occasions by political figures and associations.

They call on platforms to protect women, by ensuring that messages and offers of help remain online, and above all by no longer keeping so much personal data, especially those that could compromise them.

Platforms fear that the personal information of women who have had an abortion or of individuals who have helped them (online searches, Uber trips, etc.) will be used against them by prosecutors in conservative states that have banned abortion.

In early July, Google announced that users' location data would be automatically deleted in case of visiting a clinic specializing in abortions.

Jen Fitzpatrick, a vice-president of the technology giant, also assured that her teams were used to to reject the requests of the authorities when they are too extensive.

YouTube also clarified on Thursday that an information panel would be added on abortions, to provide people with context from local health authorities and international.

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