Facebook has released 18.4 million s on" abortion reversal "since January 2020, says Center report for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), promoting an "unproven and unethical." and "unsafe" procedure.
Google displays s on more than four-fifths of searchesrelated to abortion in a number of US cities, according to the CCDH study, targeting search terms such as "unwanted pregnancy " and "abortion pill ".
The s promote unproven theoretical use of high doses of the hormone progesterone to "reverse" the effects of taking mifepristone, the first of a pair of drugs used in medical abortion.
But there is a "lack medical evidence demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of the treatment ", according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine , and this can lead to dangerous bleeding.
Despite this, eight US states require that those seeking an abortion receive information that claims such a reversal.nt is an option. These laws, according to the study's authors, "essentially encourage women to participate in an unsupervised research experiment.
Imran Ahmed, the managing director CCDH said: “It is disgusting that groups seeking to undermine basic sexual and reproductive rights can spread misinformation to vulnerable women and girls. Worse yet: Facebook and Google are making money from this propaganda.
"In the past, experts have estimated that the s for the self- saying "abortion pill reversals " were potentially fatal and unethical. Medical misinformation. That 's why you don ' t read them on TV or on reputable newspapers or websites.
"Facebook and Google must stop these s, ban the groups and users involved in their creation, and donate the tainted money they oreceived at groups that protect fundamental sexual and reproductive rights.
On Facebook, the platform 's own analyzes show that up to 1.5 million users in the UK and 3 million in Republic of Ireland could have been targeted by companies promoting the process, paid for by anti-abortion groups SPUC in the UK and the Life Institute in Ireland.
The policies of both companies should ban s. Google has rules that prohibit advertisers from promoting "misleading product information " and "non-government approved products that are marketed in a way that implies they are safe or effective " , while Facebook bans 17-year-olds from being targeted at 13, despite the fact that a series of ads by the US group Live Action targeting women under 44 was shown to 'at least 3,000children under 18 in the United States.
Facebook and Google have been contacted for comment.