Saturday, 21 October 2017

Facebook removes women’s abortion page for ‘promoting drug use’ – CNET


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Facebook has long been plagued with problems pertaining to monitoring content on its platform. And this week, it adds one more to that growing list.

The social media giant shut down Women on Web, a page that informs women ways to get abortion pills in places they’re prohibited, according to a Facebook post by its affiliated group Women on Waves.

Facebook attributed the reason for the decision to its policy against “promotion or encouragement of drug use,” reports The Guardian. According to the platform’s Community Standards, Facebook bars attempts to “purchase, sell or trade prescription drugs, marijuana, firearms or ammunition.”

The Dutch group publishes “news, scientific information and the protocols of the World Health Organisation,” says Women on Waves, which adds that it expects Facebook to “[undo] this action soon enough, as access to information is a human right.”

It’s not the first time that Facebook has found controversial topics surfacing on its site, and its decisions to keep or remove such posts have drawn public attention in the past. In 2016 it found itself in the global spotlight when it removed the iconic Vietnam War photo of a naked girl fleeing a Napalm attack from Norwegian Prime Minister’s page.

Although CEO Mark Zuckerberg denied Facebook has responsibilities similar to a media company as a tech player, the company eventually decided to recruit 3,000 content reviewers to ensure that content posted on the platform complies with its standards this month.

Facebook did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment.

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