YouTube to Remove Videos Featuring Unsafe Abortion Methods

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On Thursday, YouTube said it would crack down on videos containing unsafe and false abortion methods. The company announced it via a tweet, claiming it falls under its medical misinformation policy. 

Furthermore, YouTube said it would remove content with “instructions for unsafe abortion methods” or that “promotes false claims about abortion safety.” In addition, the company is adding an information panel to related videos offering health information about abortion from the National Library of Medicine. It will appear underneath abortion-related videos and above relevant search results. The panel will also include a link for people who wish to “learn more.” And instructions to consult their local medical authority for any advice. It is a move similar to the one YouTube took for vaccines, elections, and other topics.  

YouTube to Remove Videos Featuring Unsafe Abortion Methods

“Starting today and ramping up over the next few weeks, we will remove content that provides instructions for unsafe abortion methods or promotes false claims about abortion safety under our medical misinformation policies,” reads YouTube’s tweet. “Like all of our policies on health/medical topics, we rely on published guidance from health authorities. In addition, we prioritize connecting people to content from authoritative sources on health topics and continuously review our policies & products as real-world events unfold.” 

Moreover, YouTube’s parent company Google faced pressure from several lawmakers recently. They demanded the company restrict Search and Maps results directing people seeking abortions to centers that oppose the practice. But, the recent announcement addresses content promoting self-managed abortions with herbs like mugwort and pennyroyal. TikTok was the first to report such videos on its platform. Herbalists have warned people that these practices are improper and can cause serious health issues. So, it’s probably best that YouTube is finally taking some action against such content. 

Saloni Behl

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