Tell tech companies to protect Black people from abortion bounty hunters.

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    Tell tech companies to protect Black people from abortion bounty hunters.

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    Texas passed the Senate Bill 8, which provides a financial incentive for private citizens anywhere in the country to become bounty hunters to enforce a six-week abortion ban. Anti-abortion extremists are using social media and tech platforms like Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook to coordinate the harassment and bounty hunting of women and people seeking abortions. 

    Due to systemic racial and economic barriers, Black women will suffer the brunt of the harm; Black women continue to have the highest abortion rate, nearly four times higher than white women. Barriers that Black women face, driving this disparity, include the denial of necessary resources, like health insurance, prenatal care, and contraceptives. Considering the historic failures of social media platforms to protect Black women specifically, Black women will overwhelmingly be the target of these bounty-hunting and harassment efforts if tech companies do not act.

    We are looking to tech companies to prioritize the safety and well-being of Black people when the law does not. While several companies have already taken action against this law, Facebook and Twitter have yet to take action, and there is room for Reddit to implement guidelines that further prevent abortion bounty hunting. If these companies do not take action, they will be in violation of their own community guidelines around harassment.

    Demand these tech companies to take action to prevent users from harassing and invading the privacy of women, people seeking abortions, activists, and medical professionals.

    Here is the Petition:

    Steve Huffman, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jack Dorsey, 

    The Texas Senate Bill 8 (TX SB8) promotes coordinated harassment. It incentivizes private citizens anywhere in the country to become bounty hunters to enforce a six-week abortion ban. We’re already seeing anti-abortion extremists use your platforms to coordinate the harassment and bounty hunting of women and people who need access to abortions. This is a direct violation of your community guidelines and standards.

    With the highest rate of abortion, and the historic failures of social media platforms to protect Black women specifically, Black women will overwhelmingly be the target of these bounty-hunting and harassment efforts if tech companies do not act.

    Several companies, such as GoDaddy, have already taken action against this law. Your companies need to catch up and take firm action.

    We are demanding that your companies explicitly prohibit content that encourages anti-abortion bounty hunting, explicitly prohibit efforts to use TX SB8 to harass or invade the privacy of women, abortion activists, and medical professionals, an ban the sharing and posting of URLs of bounty hunting platforms, such as Texas Right to Life, from your services.

    Tech companies must prioritize the safety and well-being of Black people when this law and the behavior it encourages do not.