Lawmakers ask Facebook and Instagram to explain why they removed abortion posts

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In a letter to Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren expressed dismay at the spread of abortion-related content. strange handling on Meta platforms.

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Immediately after the Supreme Court ruled to dismiss Roe v. Wade, Motherboard found that posts offering to provide abortion pills were removed from Facebook within seconds of posting. Associated Press observed similar reports of abortion pills disappearing from Instagram “in minutes”. Instagram has also hidden some abortion-related content behind warning screens, a behavior the company called a “mistake” but did not explain further.

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The senators went into detail about the abortion-related posts and accounts Meta deleted:

“Reports show that several posts providing accurate information on how to legally access abortion services have been removed, often within minutes of posting the information. Others reported that posts mentioning abortion were removed or were flagged with “sensitivity screens” and warnings, including a post promoting an abortion documentary, a post titled “Abortion in America, How You Can Help,” and a post from a healthcare professional. describing how people have already been affected by anti-abortion laws. The account of an organization dedicated to informing US residents about their abortion rights has been temporarily suspended. Users reported similar issues last fall when a Texas law banning abortions after six weeks went into effect.”

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In a Twitter response, Meta Policy’s communications director Andy Stone noted that the company’s policy does not allow prescription drug deals, but did not explain the inconsistency in enforcement between reports of abortion pills and messages offering to provide other prescription drugs.

Klobuchar and Warren ask for “additional information about what Meta is doing to address issues related to the enforcement of company policy”—information that may explain Meta’s apparently aggressive handling of abortion-related content.

The Senators are asking Meta to answer a series of questions the company has not disclosed on the topic, including how many abortion-related posts it has removed since June 24, how many of those posts have been reinstated, and what kind of abortion training the company is providing to moderators. its content. Applications are accepted until July 15.




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