Google announced that Youtube will remove all disinformation content about vaccines will be removed from the social network.
According to an official post, it will be removed, “specifically, the content that falsely claims that approved vaccines are dangerous and that they cause chronic health effects; alleging that vaccines do not reduce the transmission or contraction of the disease or that it contains inaccurate information about the substances contained in the vaccines will be removed. This includes content that falsely claims that approved vaccines cause autism, cancer or infertility, or that substances in vaccines can track who receives them. Our policies not only cover specific routine immunizations, such as for measles or hepatitis B, but also apply to general statements about vaccines.”
In the post signed by Neal Mohan, YouTube’s Chief Product Office it is stated that “vaccines, in particular, have been a source of fierce debate over the years. years, despite consistent guidance from health authorities on its effectiveness. Today, Google is expanding its medical misinformation policies on YouTube with new guidelines on currently administered vaccines that are approved and confirmed as safe and effective by local health authorities and the WHO.”
Google fights fake news
YouTube Community Rules already prohibit certain types of medical misinformation. Google has long removed content that promotes harmful remedies, such as saying that drinking turpentine can cure illnesses.
At the beginning of COVID-19, the company was based in these policies when the pandemic hit and worked with medical experts to develop 09 new rules around of medical misinformation and COVID-19.
Since October 2020, more than 130. videos were removed
- for violating COVID policies 19 regarding vaccine information.
Google has also increased content with high-quality information for people searching for coronavirus-related content and provided localized information panels about vaccines that have been seen billions of times.
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