On Wednesday, YouTube said that it will remove all the content that spread misinformation on approved vaccines as the content poses a “serious risk of egregious harm”.
The highly popular video platform in their blog post said that the content containing misinformation on the substances included in the vaccine and especially the content that falsely claims vaccines are dangerous and cause harm to your health or the content that says vaccines aren’t effective in minimizing the transmissions will be removed from YouTube.
For example, the videos on vaccination can cause cancer, autism, or infertility. YouTube’s policy not only covers specific routine immunizations for diseases like Hepatitis B or measles but is also applicable to a general statement about vaccines.
Additionally, YouTube said that if a channel breaches its policy three times within 90 days, then the whole channel will be taken down.
YouTube recently removed the popular anti-vaccine channel of Robert F. Kennedy Jr and several others like Joseph Mercola, Sherri Tenpenny, and Erin Elizabeth. Mr. Kennedy expressed his disappointment by saying that the channel’s removal was a free speech issue.
YouTube said that it removed more than 1 million COVID-19 misinformation videos since last year.
While prominent tech giants such as YouTube and Facebook have deployed strict policies to curb the spreading of misinformation videos, several conspiracy theorists started moving to other platforms such as Rumble to post Anti-Vaccine content.
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