After the US Supreme Court overturned the Roe Vs. Wade case, several social media users started putting up posts on the availability of abortion pills to people whose access to abortion has been stripped away or will be soon.
To combat this, Facebook and Instagram are removing these posts, saying they violate a policy around pharmaceuticals. Several media houses tested the removal of these posts by putting up a few themselves. A test Facebook post by an AP reporter offering to mail abortion pills was removed within one minute. A test by a Verge reporter yielded similar results, with a post offering abortion pills being flagged within two minutes.
This being said, the sale, gifting, and transfer of firearms and marijuana are also prohibited under the same section of Meta’s restricted goods policy that bans pharmaceuticals. Yet test posts by the AP that offered to mail guns and weed were not removed; a similar test by The Verge offering to mail cannabis wasn’t immediately removed by Facebook.
In response, Meta spokesperson Andy Stone tweeted that “content that attempts to buy, sell, trade, gift, request or donate pharmaceuticals is not allowed.” Stone says that posts containing information on the “affordability and accessibility of prescription medication” is allowed and that the company was correcting instances of “incorrect enforcement.”