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Abortion Ads Restricted

A report from the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) and MSI Reproductive Choices (MSI) reveals that Meta and Google are restricting abortion information in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

MSI’s ads have been rejected or removed by Meta in several countries, including Ghana, Kenya, and Vietnam. Google has also blocked ads on “pregnancy options” in Ghana.

Fake Websites and Misinformation

The report also highlights the presence of fake websites and pages that imitate MSI’s content on Google and Facebook. These pages aim to scam users in Kenya, Nigeria, and Vietnam.

Meta allows misinformation about abortion to spread on its platforms, particularly in Mexico. Anti-abortion ads claiming abortion drugs pose risks to women have been viewed millions of times.

Abusive Language and Harassment

MSI teams have faced abusive language and harassment on Facebook and WhatsApp in Ghana and Kenya. Anti-abortion groups have placed ads with misleading claims about abortions, which have been viewed globally.

Inconsistent Responses from Meta

Meta’s responses to MSI’s concerns have been inconsistent and vague. In Nepal and Vietnam, MSI’s official accounts have been restricted from advertising, forcing them to create new accounts.

Lack of Accountability

The report criticizes Meta and Google for failing to protect users’ rights and health. They mine personal data from users in developing countries but do little to prevent misinformation or protect local communities.

Importance of Information

Abortion rights are often restricted in these countries. Access to accurate information is crucial for communities to make informed decisions about their health.