After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade on Friday, social media was flooded with information from people providing resources to those who have lost their rights to obtain a safe and legal abortion. But not all of those posts were seen, according to a new report from the Associated Press.
The AP reported on Tuesday that Instagram is blocking posts that mention abortion from public view, in some cases requiring its users to confirm their age before letting them view posts that offer up information about the procedure. They cite one example where Instagram covered a post on one page with more than 25,000 followers that shared text reading: “Abortion in America How You Can Help.” The post went on to encourage followers to donate money to abortion organizations and to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to strip constitutional protections for abortion in the U.S. The post was slapped with a warning from Instagram that covered the post, reading “This photo may contain graphic or violent content.”
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The Associated Press previously reported that Facebook and Instagram were promptly deleting posts that offered abortion pills by mail to people in states that restrict their use. The tech platforms said they were deleting the posts because they violated policies against selling or gifting certain products, including pharmaceuticals, drugs, and firearms.
Facebook and Instagram removed abortion pill posts immediately after Roe v. Wade was overturned. Yet they have to be dragged kicking and screaming to remove vaccine, election and Russian misinformation.
— flexghost. (@flexghost1) June 28, 2022
The AP said similar posts offering to mail a gun or marijuana were not removed by Facebook. The company did not respond to the AP’s questions about the discrepancy.
Instagram is currently censoring most posts related to abortion. My friend who’s a nurse posted this and this is how Instagram presented it: pic.twitter.com/0k2J0HcwMr
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) June 28, 2022
Read the full profile at the AP.