Klobuchar and Warren urge Meta on ‘censorship’ of abortion publications
The senses. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote to Meta management last week to pressure the company over reports that it “censors posts containing specific information about abortion” since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, according to a letter shared exclusively with Axios.
Driving the news: Klobuchar and Warren wrote to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri on July 7.
- The two senators referenced various reports that Facebook and Instagram removed posts about obtaining abortion services legally, added “sensitivity screens” to posts and suspended accounts sharing information about accessing abortion.
What they say : “It is more important than ever that social media platforms do not censor truthful messages about abortion, especially as people across the country turn to online communities to discuss and find information about rights. reproductive,” Sens wrote. Klobuchar and Warren.
Details: They are asking Mosseri and Zuckerberg to answer a number of questions about their policies by July 15, including:
- what measures Facebook and Instagram use to report abortion-related posts;
- how many abortion-related posts have been deleted since June 24;
- how many abortion-related hashtags have been deleted or blocked since the same date;
- what steps users can take to challenge an alleged violation of Platform policies;
- how many abortion-related positions were reinstated after further review;
- what steps do platforms take to ensure that abortion-related posts are not mistakenly deleted; and
- a request for a copy of company guidance and training materials for abortion-related positions for 2021.
The other side: Meta spokesman Andy Stone said last month that some of the posts were removed due to misapplication of Meta’s policy against buying, selling, trading, donating or demand for pharmaceuticals.
Our thought bubble: This is just the beginning of the challenges that online platforms will face from all sides to moderate content related to reproductive medicine as many states move to ban abortion.