YouTube to remove all anti-vaccine misinformation

YouTube to remove all anti-vaccine misinformation
YouTube says the measure is an expansion of the ban on Covid misinformation introduced last year. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: YouTube has said it will remove videos that spread misinformation about all approved Covid-19 vaccines, expanding a ban on false claims about coronavirus jabs.

Videos that say approved vaccines are dangerous, cause cancer, autism or infertility are among those that will be taken down, YouTube said.

The decision includes the termination of accounts of anti-vaccine influencers.

Tech giants have been criticised for not doing enough to counter false and misinformation about vaccines on their sites.

President Joe Biden said on July that social media platforms were largely responsible for people’s scepticism in getting vaccinated against the Covid-19 by spreading misinformation and appealed for them to address the issue.

YouTube said that since last year, 130,000 videos were removed from its platform.

The company, owned by Google, said in a blog post that it had seen false claims about Covid vaccines “spill over into misinformation about vaccines in general”. The new policy covers long-approved Covid-19 vaccines, such as those against measles or hepatitis B.

Referring to the World Health Organization, the blog said: “We’re expanding our medical misinformation policies on YouTube with new guidelines on currently administered vaccines that are approved and confirmed to be safe and effective by local health authorities and the WHO.”

YouTube said that personal testimonies relating to vaccines, new vaccine trials, content about vaccine policies and historical videos about vaccine successes or failures will be allowed to remain on the site, the company said.

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