YouTube beefs up its misinformation policies – WBRZ

The YouTube policies regarding information on vaccines has changed. Prior to this, YouTube has had a fairly hands off policy, revolving around violations of their harmful content guidelines. They are now changing this to a far more aggressive policy of removing vaccine related misinformation, therefore any video mentioning vaccination is likely to receive scrutiny at the least. Given YouTube’s actions in the past this could result in a very scorched earth campaign on any videos reporting on anything vaccination related.

From WBRZ,

YouTube says it will remove videos containing misinformation about any approved vaccine, including those designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The social media platform said anyone who posts misinformation about any “currently administered vaccines that are approved and confirmed to be safe and effective by local health authorities and the WHO” will be subject to YouTube’s strike policy and could face removal.

On its blog,the company said, “This would include content that falsely says that approved vaccines cause autism, cancer or infertility, or that substances in vaccines can track those who receive them.”

YouTube created a policy prohibiting misinformation related to the coronavirus during the pandemic, including about treatment and prevention. But the update on Wednesday added that misleading claims have spilled over into other areas of medicine.

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