Finally, Facebook (Meta) has done something good for the community…
Facebook and Instagram are removing posts from users that offer help accessing abortion pills, saying they violate a policy around pharmaceuticals.
After the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade on Friday, social media posts exploded across platforms during the weekend, explaining how women could obtain abortion pills in the mail in an attempt to kill the unborn child. Some offered to mail the prescriptions to women in states that now ban the procedure.
According to an analysis by the media intelligence firm Zignal Labs, general mentions of abortion pills suddenly spiked Friday morning across Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and TV broadcasts. By Sunday, Zignal had counted more than 250,000 such mentions.
Vice Media first reported on Monday that Meta, the parent of both Facebook and Instagram, was taking down posts about abortion pills.
Multiple news outlets tested the platforms’ removal and found that posts mentioning the medication were often removed within minutes, some even having their accounts restricted.
Our friends from The Gateway Pundit tested the censorship, where they claimed:
The post was not removed, leading to some doubt about the platform’s actions to limit access to illegal activities surrounding the medication. As of this writing, the post has been active, for more than two hours, without being removed.
Meta spokesperson Andy Stone confirmed in a tweet Monday that the company will not allow individuals to gift or sell pharmaceuticals on its platform, but will allow content that shares information on how to access pills.
Stone acknowledged some problems with enforcing that policy across its platforms, which include Facebook and Instagram.
“We’ve discovered some instances of incorrect enforcement and are correcting these,” Stone said in the tweet.
— Andy Stone (@andymstone) June 27, 2022
The Gateway Pundit dropped some details:
Abortion pills can legally be obtained through the mail after an online consultation from providers who have undergone certification and training.
Medication Abortion now accounts for about 54% of all abortions in the United States, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
“Medication abortion can be completed outside of a medical setting… in the comfort and privacy of one’s home,” the Guttmacher Institute said. “Pills can be provided at a clinic or delivered directly to a patient through the mail.”
The FDA authorized using two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, to induce an abortion through ten weeks of gestation. However, like traditional abortion procedures, the method is beginning to face opposition.
Louisiana passed legislation imposing fines and jail sentences for those who mail abortion pills to the state’s residents.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said Friday that states should not ban medication used to induce an abortion.
“States may not ban mifepristone based on disagreement with the FDA’s expert judgment about its safety and efficacy,” Garland said in a Friday.