YouTube says it has expanded its medical misinformation policies to ban content that includes false claims about all approved vaccines and conspiracy theories, not just for Covid-1 for. In addition, the video giant says it has kicked off high-profile anti-waxers from YouTube, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and osteopathic physician Joseph Marcola.
In particular, under the expanded policy, YouTube is banning content that claims that “approved vaccines are dangerous and have long-term health effects, claiming that vaccines do not reduce disease transmission or contraction, or that the substances in vaccines contain misinformation” in a blog post.
YouTube’s guidelines have already banned certain types of medical misinformation (such as saying that drinking turpentine can cure the disease). During the epidemic, it developed a new policy on Covid-1 around and medical misinformation, stating that since last year, YouTube has removed more than 1,000,000 videos in violation of the Covid-1 vaccine misinformation policy.
Why has YouTube so far blocked all anti-vaccine content? In an interview with the Washington Post, Matt Halprin, YouTube VP of Global Trust and Security, said, “It takes time to make strong policies. “We wanted to introduce a policy that is consistent, enforceable and adequately addresses challenges.”
Like YouTube’s Covid guidelines, the video platform says it consults with local and international health organizations and experts to develop new vaccine-related policies.
The now-banned anti-vaccine content from YouTube falsely claims that approved vaccines can track the cause of autism, cancer or infertility, or the substances contained in the vaccine. The policies apply to specific immunizations such as measles or hepatitis B and general statements about vaccines.
YouTube added that there are “significant exceptions” to the new guidelines. For example, the site will continue to approve videos about vaccine policy, new vaccine trials, and the success or failure of vaccine history vaccines. Also OK “personal testimonials about the vaccine” – unless the video violates other YouTube community guidelines and the producer’s channel shows a “pattern of vaccine dilemma promotion”.