YouTube has announced that it will remove ‘unsafe’ DIY abortion guides
YouTube has announced that it will begin eliminating “instructions for dangerous abortion methods” as well as content that “promotes false claims about abortion safety.” The business announced the news on Twitter, citing its medical misinformation policy. It will also include an information panel in associated movies that will provide health facts regarding abortion from the National Library of Medicine, similar to what it has done for vaccines and other topics.
“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,” tweeted the official YouTube account.
Several politicians have requested Google, the parent company of YouTube, to limit Search and Maps results that steer people looking for abortions to “fake” clinics where doctors try to discourage them. However, today’s ruling appears to be aimed at videos encouraging self-managed abortions using herbs such as mugwort and pennyroyal, a procedure that many herbalists have warned is untrustworthy and can lead to major health problems. (By comparison, abortion through mifepristone or misoprostol tablets is typically regarded as safe and reliable, even when performed without the supervision of a doctor.) The videos have mostly been reported on TikTok, where several have gone viral.