YouTube will start getting rid of videos that contain ‘misinformation’ or ‘unsafe instructions’ for abortion. The video platform will likewise include a ‘details’ graphic under videos about abortion above abortion search engine results that notes contexts and offers details from international and regional health authorities.
(Soooo… in theory since ALL ‘successful’ abortions are fatal to the baby, then ALL of the videos favoring abortion should be taken down right?)
“We prioritize connecting people to content from authoritative sources on health topics, and we continuously review our policies & products as real world events unfold,” YouTube said in a statement released on Twitter.
The business consisted of an example picture of the details panel that pointed out the National Institute of Health’s National Library of Medicine.
“An abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy. It uses medicine or surgery to remove the embryo or fetus and placenta from the uterus. The procedure is done by a licensed healthcare professional,” the panel read, along with the disclosure that it was for “information purposes only.”
The statement comes nearly a month after the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, the 1973 choice that approves federal defenses for abortions.
YouTube has actually made previous efforts to prevent material it considers false information from existing on its website.
“The platform banned COVID-19 misinformation following the onset of the pandemic. By August 2021, it had taken down more than a million videos with dangerous COVID-19 misinformation. The following month, the platform banned content with vaccine misinformation,” reports Engadget.
Under its current misinformation policy, YouTube prohibits “certain types of misleading or deceptive content with serious risk of egregious harm” including “misinformation that can cause real-world harm, like promoting harmful remedies or treatments” or “content interfering with democratic processes.”
“If your content violates this policy, we’ll remove the content and send you an email to let you know,” the policy states. “If this is your first time violating our Community Guidelines, you’ll get a warning with no penalty to your channel. If it’s not, we’ll issue a strike against your channel. If you get 3 strikes, your channel will be terminated.”
Google, which owns YouTube, revealed on July 1 that it would erase the place history for anybody going to an abortion center or other medical centers because of the Supreme Court’s choice to reverse Roe v. Wade.
“Protecting our users’ privacy and securing their data is core to Google’s work,” wrote Senior Vice President of Google Maps Jen Fitzpatrick in a blog post.
“Some of the places people visit — including medical facilities like counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, abortion clinics, fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, weight loss clinics, cosmetic surgery clinics, and others — can be particularly personal. Today, we’re announcing that if our systems identify that someone has visited one of these places, we will delete these entries from Location History soon after they visit.”
Examples of material forbidden under YouTube’s brand-new policy consist of sharing toxic herbal recipes that are apparently options for chemical or surgical abortions and directions for an at-home abortion.