According to the terms of service, the company has the right to remove any content that violates the law or could harm other users. There are a wide range of products covered by those terms of service.
The policy has privacy and safety implications for those who advocate for abortion access or seek an abortion in a state that has made the procedure illegal. It has consequences for activists and organizers who work on reproductive rights
Content about abortion could be limited on the video sharing website. It's not clear if the policy against promoting "violent acts" could become a tool for anti- abortion activists under state laws that now criminalize the procedure. For instance, they could simply identify content that advocates for abortion access or provides resources for those seeking an abortion, and report it to the search engine's moderation team.
Several members of Congress urged Google to stop collecting user location data, which could be used to identify people who visit abortion clinics. The company was asked to clarify how it would respond to requests for data from law enforcement.
The company did not respond to any of MIT Technology Review's requests for comment on how it will handle government requests for data and user reports about abortion.
Meta would not say how it would moderate content on abortion access after the Dobbs ruling. Facebook has taken down posts about people trying to send abortion pills to other people. The most common method of abortion, which is currently allowed by the US Food and Drug Administration, is to be taken at home in early pregnancies. Nineteen states have banned the use of telemedicine for abortions. Posts stating that abortion pills can be mailed have been taken down from Facebook.
According to NBC, the name of a drug used in medication abortions is not being included in search results on the popular photo sharing site. Some recent posts are hidden because they may violate community guidelines, according to a message. Mail order abortion pills are available in every state.
Andy Stone pointed to the parent company's ban on content facilitating pharmaceutical transactions as the reason for the ban.