YouTube says it will fight misinformation about abortion

The YouTube video sharing website logo is displayed on a smartphone on November 19, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

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YouTube said Thursday it is cracking down on videos containing misinformation about abortion and will remove videos deemed unsafe.

“Starting today and over the next few weeks, we will be removing content that contains instructions on unsafe abortion practices or promotes false claims about the safety of abortion in accordance with our Medical Disinformation Policy,” the company said in a statement. tweet.

YouTube parent Google has come under fire in recent months after a group of lawmakers began calling company to stop search results that allegedly refer people seeking abortion services to anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers. Google announced earlier this month, it will work to quickly remove the location history of people visiting abortion sites and other medical facilities following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. USA. Wade.

“Like all of our health and medical policies, we rely on published guidance from public health authorities,” YouTube said on Thursday. real world events unfold.

The company said it is also launching “information panel” to provide “viewers with context and information from local and global health authorities”. This will appear below abortion related videos and above relevant search results.

YouTube reported example or how it would be displayed, showing the definition of abortion, according to the National Library of Medicine.

“Abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy,” the display said, “it uses medical or surgical intervention to remove the embryo or fetus and placenta from the uterus. The procedure is performed by a licensed medical professional.”

The panel includes a link for people who want to “learn more” and instructions to “Contact your local health authority for advice.”

YouTube has taken a similar approach to other controversial topics such as the Covid-19 pandemic and political elections. But the company has rarely said it will remove the video entirely.

law enforcement remains a big question. YouTube current policy says that certain types of misleading or misleading content that could cause real harm are prohibited on the platform. Examples include advertisements for harmful drugs or treatments, certain types of technically manipulative content, or content that interferes with democratic processes.

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