YouTube has announced that anti-vaccine misinformation will be removed from the platform and that anti-vaccine influencers’ accounts will be terminated, not the first time that the video-sharing site has tightened its policies on the spread of misinformation.
In October 2017, it had partnered with several health organizations to produce medical videos for its site and implemented a prohion on Covid vaccinations’ content that contradicts the WHO (World Health Organization).
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As per the BBC, it should be noted that this newest policy covers all vaccinations, not just those of Covid-19, with YouTube adding in a blog post that it had observed “spill over into misinformation about vaccines in general,” suggesting long-standing anti-vaccine activists will be kicked off the platform.
“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.”
The debunked 1998 study that linked the MMR vaccine to autism diagnosis in youngsters sparked widespread vaccine uncertainty after it was falsely connected to the death of 12 children.
Despite the fact that the doctor who authorized the fraudulent research paper was struck from the medical register, his actions have been attributed with triggering a significant drop in vaccination rates, which resulted in worldwide measles outbreaks.
Mr. Halprin, the worldwide head of trust and safety at YouTube, offered the MMR vaccination as an example of material that would be banned since it was “extremely sensitive.
“There is still a lot of challenges around MMR and people arguing whether that causes autism. And as we know, the science is very stable that vaccines do not cause autism.”
Over the time period leading up to March 2019, when YouTube first imposed a restriction on Covid-specific vaccine misinformation films, over 130,000 postings have been deleted from the site, with Google (YouTube’s parent company) removing one million videos containing misinformation since the epidemic began almost two years ago.