YouTube bans coronavirus vaccine misinformation

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(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s YouTube said on Wednesday it would remove videos from YouTube that promote disinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, expanding its current rules against lies and conspiracy theories about the pandemic.

The video platform said it will now ban all content containing claims about COVID-19 vaccines that contradict the consensus of local health authorities or the World Health Organization.

YouTube said in a blog post that this would include removing claims that the vaccine kills people or causes infertility, or that microchips are implanted in people who receive the vaccine.

A YouTube spokesperson told Reuters that general discussions in videos of “general concerns” about the vaccine would remain on the platform.

Conspiracy theories and misinformation about new coronavirus vaccines have proliferated on social media during the pandemic, including through anti-vaccine personalities on YouTube and via viral videos shared across multiple platforms.

Although drugmakers and researchers are working on a variety of treatments, vaccines are at the heart of the long-term fight to stop the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than a million people, infected more than 38 million and crippled l ‘Mondial economy.

YouTube says it is already removing content that disputes the existence or transmission of COVID-19, promotes medically unfounded treatment methods, discourages people from seeking medical attention, or explicitly challenges health officials’ advice on the disease. self-isolation or social distancing.

In its blog post, YouTube said it deleted more than 200,000 videos related to dangerous or misleading COVID-19 information since early February.

The company also said it was limiting the spread of COVID-19-related disinformation on the site, including some borderline videos on COVID-19 vaccines. A spokesperson declined to provide examples of such borderline content.

YouTube said it would announce more steps in the coming weeks to focus on authoritative COVID-19 vaccine information on the site.

Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford; Edited by Chizu Nomiyama

Original © Thomson Reuters Corporation

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