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YouTube tackles misinformation about abortions

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Starting today and for the next few weeks, we will be removing content that instructs on unsafe abortion methods or promotes false claims about the dangers of Abortionsaid 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 instance, claims that abortions are very risky or often cause infertility or cancerspecifies the Californian group.

We continually evaluate our policies and products as real-life events unfoldnoted the spokeswoman.

In a crowd, a demonstrator holds a sign which reads: “my body, my choice”.

The reversal of Roe v. Wade sparked a wave of protests in the United States.

Photo: Associated Press/Sophia Germer

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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 toAbortion.

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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 abortions or of individuals who have helped them (online searches, Uber trips, etc.) will be used against them by the prosecutors of conservative states who have banned theAbortion.

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

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

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

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