YouTube is banning all videos that include false information about vaccines or make false claims that approved vaccines are dangerous.
This article makes the following points about anti-vaccine misinformation:
- YouTube has stated that they will remove any videos claiming that covid vaccines don't reduce rates of transmission or disease contraction.
- They will also remove any misinformation about vaccines, such as that vaccines cause autism, cancer or infertility, or contain trackers.
- Their new policy expands the rules regarding misleading claims about long-approved vaccines and falsehoods about vaccines in general.
- Personal testimonies relating to vaccines, content about vaccine policies and new vaccine trials, and videos about vaccine successes or failures will remain.
- The policy update is an important step to address vaccine and health misinformation.
- Anti-vaccine activists have built massive audiences online. The Center for Countering Digital Hate published research showing that a group of 12 people were responsible for sharing 65% of all anti-vaccine messaging on social media.
- YouTube said that it had removed over 130,000 videos for violating its Covid-19 vaccine policies in the past year.