YouTube said that it will be cracking down on “abortion misinformation” and other videos that do not fit the pro-abortion agenda.
“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,” the company said in a tweet published on Thursday.
Google said earlier this month that it would delete location history for people going to abortion sites after they were criticized by lawmakers for directing people looking for abortion services to crisis pregnancy centers, CNBC reports.
“Like all of our policies on health/medical topics, we rely on published guidance from health authorities,” YouTube said on Thursday. “We prioritize connecting people to content from authoritative sources on health topics, and we continuously review our policies & products as real-world events unfold.”
Unelected New York Governor Kathy Hochul said that YouTube was making a big “first step,” saying “Everyone deserves access to truthful medical information. And here’s the truth: Abortion will always be safe, legal, & accessible in New York,” she said in a tweet.
I've called on social media companies to crack down on misinformation since my first month in office — this is an important first step.
Everyone deserves access to truthful medical information. And here's the truth: Abortion will always be safe, legal, & accessible in New York. https://t.co/rtM85Y5Wyh
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) July 21, 2022
YouTube will also “information panel” to provide “viewers with context and information from local and global health authorities.
For example, YouTube displayed how it would show a definition of abortion according to the National Library of Medicine.
“An abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy,” the display said. “It uses medicine or surgery to remove the embryo or fetus and placenta from the uterus. The procedure is done by a licensed healthcare professional.”
YouTube’s panel will include a link to “learn more” for those seeking an abortion, and also has instructions to “consult your local medical authority for advice.”
The approach will be similar to that of Covid-19, where YouTube frequently deleted videos and channels that dispelled Covid narratives.