Facebook isn’t always known to be the most partisan when it comes to who they’ll ban. They allow misinformation to spread like wildfire as long as it serves the progressive agenda.
With Roe v Wade being overturned, many people have taken to Facebook to share their opinions. They use keywords like “poutine” instead of abortion as a way to talk about going to Canada to enjoy “what’s on the menu.”
Some people have decided not to adopt the secret language, however. They’re talking about the use of abortion pills – and even mailing them to people who can’t get them in their home state.
Helping people to seek abortions is illegal. And Facebook has gotten in enough trouble with the federal government. As such, they’ve had no choice but to ban anyone talking about mailing abortion pills as a way to help out a troubled friend.
The posts started to get removed on the same day that the 1973 Roe v Wade decision was undone by the Supreme Court.
One person wrote “I will mail abortion pills to any one of you. Just message me.” They were banned late that day.
Vice reported that “abortion pills can be mailed” is a phrase that is being flagged on Facebook. It can take mere seconds before a post containing the phrase is removed for violating community standards.
Some users are trying to find workarounds so that their posts aren’t flagged. As such, some are writing about “painkiller pills” and “abortion” in the same post without having them side by side.
For the most part, a person is only getting a 24-hour suspension. And with the number of workarounds that are being discovered, it’s clear that Facebook isn’t trying too hard to dissuade people from talking about the options for those who are intent on getting chemical abortions.
Andy Stone, the communications director for Meta, the parent company of Facebook, tweeted out some clarity. “Content that attempts to buy, sell, trade, gift, request or donate pharmaceuticals is not allowed. Content that discusses the affordability and accessibility of prescription medication is allowed.”
This helps people to understand what they can and cannot talk about on Facebook without getting flagged. As for the people who want to fight a decision on Facebook, it can be lifted. Stone explains, “We’ve discovered some instances of incorrect enforcement and are correcting these.”
Mifepristone tablets are commonly used in chemical abortions. They are by prescription only, which means that if a person is offering to send them to someone who needs an abortion, it involves giving away a pharmaceutical product – which is not only against Facebook community standards but also against the law.
In December, the FDA lifted restrictions on access to abortion pills. This means that patients are now allowed to receive the pills by mail instead of going into a clinic or getting them at a local pharmacy. However, the pills can only be sent to patients if they live in a state where abortions are allowed – and the number of states that are allowing such measures is quickly dwindling. It’s why liberals are in a panic about what they can and cannot get away with.
So, as you wander around Facebook, you won’t see many people talking about abortion pills. However, if you see people talking about poutine, don’t be surprised if it gets more heated than you would expect from the Canadian delicacy. It’s code so that people can have a convenient workaround against Facebook’s community standards.