Following the US Supreme Court ruling last week that excluded the right to abortion from the US Constitution , Facebook and Instagram across the United States began rapidly removing posts offering abortion pills to women who may have The verdict is that they cannot access them, they advertise.
The posts appear to be aimed at helping women in states where state authorities have banned abortions immediately after a Supreme Court ruling.
These posts explain how women can receive these pills legally and by mail, and some have even suggested that they send prescriptions to women in such states.
Facebook and Instagram have begun removing such posts as millions of people across the United States have resumed widespread protests over the recognition of the right to abortion.
Avoid a legal process
Reports of the rapid deletion of these posts were first published by media information company Zignal Labs.
The company’s assessments show that since Friday morning, the number of posts that have publicly mentioned abortion pills or certain drugs such as mifepristone and misoprostol has suddenly increased across social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.
The company was able to record the information of more than 250,000 such posts by Sunday, and says that many of these posts were deleted by the relevant social networks just moments after their publication.
Vice Media Group also confirmed in an independent report on Monday that Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, is deleting posts related to abortion pills.
Meta urges to remove these posts, while under US law, abortion pills (unlike marijuana, which is illegal under federal law) can be obtained after consulting online with trained and licensed prescribers. Legal and received by mail.
Meta: We are reforming
A spokesman for Meta, in an initial reaction to the criticism, said only that the sale of certain items, such as weapons, alcohol, drugs and medicines, was prohibited under the company’s policies.
Andy Stone then tweeted on Monday that the company does not allow people to donate or sell drugs on its platform, but does allow content that provides information on how to access the pills.
In the message, the Meta spokesman confirmed that there were some bugs in the implementation of this policy across Meta platforms, including Facebook and Instagram.
“We have identified cases of misconduct and are correcting them,” he wrote.
The removal of the posts comes from meta platforms as U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday stressed that states should not ban mifepristone, a drug used in the abortion process.