London (CNN Business)Instagram will ban any content that promotes conversion therapy, the social media platform told CNN on Friday, after activists called on it to block providers from advertising their services online. The service, which is owned by Facebook, said it would expand its existing policies on hate speech worldwide to include posts that advertise or promote the practice. Conversion therapy, a pseudo-scientific process that professes to change a person’s sexuality, is widely discredited and condemned as harmful by major medical associations. But it is legal across most of the world, including in the United States and the United Kingdom. Instagram’s move follows appeals from users to remove an 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. Read More Oklahoma takes a step toward banning conversion therapy “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… Read full this story
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