YouTube is set to remove videos that spread misinformation about all vaccines as it intensifies its crackdown on harmful content posted during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The video streaming site will remove content that claims that any approved vaccine is dangerous and causes chronic health issues. According to previous instructions, the platform degrades - essentially hides - videos that spread misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines or promote hesitation about vaccines.
Last year, YouTube enforced a ban on misinformation videos about the Covid-19 vaccine, which led to the removal of 130.000 videos. Google, owned by Google, has removed a total of 1 million videos to spread general misinformation about Covid-19 since the outbreak of pandemic.
Matt Halprin, YouTube's global head of trust and security, said vaccine misinformation is a global problem.
Halprin said the ban would apply, for example, to content that claims vaccines cause cancer, infertility or contain microchips. The YouTube move follows Facebook's decision last year to remove false claims about Covid-19 vaccines as soon as they were dropped by public health experts.
Source of information: theguardian.com