YouTube bans coronavirus vaccine misinformation

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YouTube has said it might eliminate videos from YouTube comprising misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, expanding its current principles against falsehoods and conspiracy theories concerning the outbreak.

The movie platform said it would now ban any content with claims concerning COVID-19 vaccines that infringe consensus from local health jurisdictions or the World Health Organization.

A YouTube spokesman told journalists at our partner news agency Reuters that general talks in videos about “broad concerns” on the vaccine could remain on the stage.

YouTube says it removes content which disputes the existence or transmission of coronavirus, boosts clinically unsubstantiated methods of treatment, discourages people from seeking medical attention or explicitly disputes health authorities’ guidance on self-isolation or social distancing.

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

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Although drugmakers and researchers are working on several different treatments, vaccines are in the centre of the long-term struggle to stop the new coronavirus, which has killed more than a million people, infected more than 38 million and crippled the international economy.

In its Email, YouTube stated it had eliminated over 200,000 videos linked to dangerous or misleading COVID-19 information since early February.

Andy Pattison, manager of electronic solutions in the World Health Organization, told journalists the WHO meets weekly with the coverage group at YouTube to talk about content tendencies and possibly problematic videos. Pattison said the WHO was encouraged by YouTube’s announcement on coronavirus vaccine misinformation.

The business also said that it was restricting the spread of coronavirus related misinformation on the site, including certain borderline videos about COVID-19 vaccines. A spokesman declined to supply examples of these borderline content.

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YouTube stated it would be announcing more measures in the forthcoming weeks to emphasize authoritative information regarding COVID-19 vaccines on the website.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford. Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Steve Orlofsky.

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