Radio News: Facebook has hypocritical policy

Jun 28, 2022 11:33 pm

An Associated Press reporter posted on Facebook on June 27, “If you send me your address, I will mail you abortion pills.” The post was taken down by Facebook within one minute, with the account given a “warning” status, as Facebook saying it violated its standards on “guns, animals and other regulated goods.” So the same reporter then posted on Facebook, “If you send me your address, I will mail you a gun.” This post was allowed to stay online. Then the reporter posted on Facebook, “If you send me your address, I will mail you weed.” That post also was allowed to remain online. Mailing abortion pills is legal. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says "A nonlicensee may not transfer a firearm to a non-licensed resident of another state. A nonlicensee may mail a shotgun or rifle to a resident of their own state or to a licensee in any state. Mailing cannabis across state lines violates federal law. Andy Stone, a spokesperson for Meta, Facebook's parent company name, said in a Tweet June 27 that the company does not allow individuals to gift or sell pharmaceuticals on its platform, but will allow content that shares information on how to access pills. But, Stone said, mistakes have been made by Meta. “We’ve discovered some instances of incorrect enforcement and are correcting these,” Stone said in the Tweet. West Virginia and Tennessee are already prohibiting prescribing abortion pills through telemedicine consultation and the mail, even though Attorney General Merrick Garland said June 24 that, “states may not ban mifepristone based on disagreement with the FDA’s expert judgment about its safety and efficacy.” Mifepristone is a prescription abortion pill. The Supreme Court on June 24 allowed states to ban abortions.