YouTube has banned misinformation about Covid-19 vaccinations, just days after Facebook also did this on their platform. Alphabet Inc’s YouTube is working to remove videos from its site that spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.
The company announced that the fact that such a vaccine might be imminent makes it the right time to take action, and expand its pre-existing policies against Covid-19 medical misinformation. This would include removing claims that the vaccine will kill people or cause infertility, or that microchips will be implanted in people who receive the vaccine. The company also announced that it was limiting the spread of COVID-19 related misinformation on the site, including certain borderline videos about COVID-19 vaccines.
A YouTube spokesperson said, “A Covid-19 vaccine may be imminent, therefore we’re ensuring we have the right policies in place to be able to remove misinformation related to a Covid-19 vaccine from the platform. Any content that includes claims about Covid-19 vaccinations that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO) will be removed from YouTube.”
YouTube also added that it would be announcing more steps in the coming weeks to emphasize authoritative information about COVID-19 vaccines on the site.