Instagram hides some posts mentioning abortion

Instagram blocks messages that mention abortion to the public, with in some cases requiring users to confirm their age before viewing posts providing information about the procedure.

In the past day, several Instagram accounts of abortion rights advocacy groups have hidden their posts or stories with a warning describing the posts as “sensitive content.”

In one example, Instagram covered a one-page post with more than 25,000 followers who shared the text, “Abortion in America how to help.” †

Instagram blocks posts mentioning abortion to the public. (AP)

The post encouraged followers to donate money to abortion organizations and protested the Supreme Court’s decision to lift constitutional protections for abortion in the US.

The post was hit with a warning from Instagram covering the post, which read “This photo may contain graphic or violent content.”

Berlin photographer Zoe Noble has been running the Instagram page for over a year, which celebrates women who decide not to have children. Monday marked the first time a post mentioning abortion was restricted by Instagram.

“I was really confused because we’ve never experienced this before, and we’ve talked about abortion before,” Noble said.

“I was really shocked that the word abortion seemed to be highlighted.”

The platform does not provide users with an opportunity to contest the restriction.

Instagram hides some posts mentioning abortion
It comes after the US Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v Wade decision, which established a federal constitutional right to abortion. (AP)

The Associated Press identified nearly a dozen other posts that mentioned the word “abortion” and were subsequently covered up by Instagram.

All posts were informative in nature and none contained pictures of abortions. An Instagram post from an AP reporter asking people if they were experiencing the issue was also addressed by the company on Tuesday and required users to enter their age to view it.

The AP inquired about the problem on Tuesday morning. Hours later, Instagram’s communications department acknowledged the issue on Twitter and described it as a malfunction.

“We’re hearing that people around the world are seeing our ‘sensitivity screens’ on many different types of content when they shouldn’t. We are investigating this bug and are now working on a fix,” the company tweeted.

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A spokesperson for Instagram owner Meta Platforms Inc. said in an email that the company does not impose any age restrictions around its abortion content.

Instagram’s latest issue follows a Monday AP report that Facebook and Instagram promptly removed posts offering to ship abortion pills in states that restrict their use.

The tech platforms said they removed the posts for violating policies against selling or donating certain products, including pharmaceuticals, drugs and firearms.

The AP’s review found that similar posts offering to mail a gun or marijuana were not removed by Facebook. The company did not respond to questions about the discrepancy.

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