Social media platforms restraining any contents and the conversion therapy is added on that list.
The Tech Giants, Facebook and Instagram, will ban any content that promotes conversion therapy which was reported last Friday by CNN. Activists called on which also influenced this action to block providers from advertising their services online. Facebook stated that they would expand their existing policies on hate speech worldwide to include posts that advertise or promote the practice, that applies to both platforms.
What is Conversion Therapy?
Conversion therapy is a pseudo-scientific process that professes to change a person’s sexuality. This practice is widely dishonored and condemned as harmful by major medical associations. However, it is legal across most of the world, including in the United Kingdom and the United States.
The decisions follow appeals from users to remove an Instagram account used by Core Issues Trust, a UK-based promoter of conversion therapy.
“We don’t allow attacks against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity and are updating our policies to ban the promotion of conversion therapy services,” Tara Hopkins,
Instagram’s public policy director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said in a statement.
“We have removed violating content from @coreissuestrusttv. We are always reviewing our policies and will continue to consult with experts and people with personal experiences to inform our approach,” she added.
Both platforms will also stop recommending content related to conversion therapy, such as testimonials to its efficacy or posts in praise of or to support the practice, except those in a legislative context.
Earlier this year, Instagram also banned advertisements for the process.
A Twitter spokesperson said their platform already enforces against content that promotes conversion therapy under their wishes of harm rule, and is “working to make the training decks more clear so that team members have a wide variety of examples to refer to and our enforcement of this is consistent and scaleable globally.”