YouTube to add link on COVID-19 vaccines to combat misinformation

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YouTube has said that it is adding a hyperlink to provide details about the development of COVID-19 vaccines into the coronavirus panel on its site, expanding its attempts to fight misinformation related to the pandemic.

The connection will send customers directly to authoritative COVID-19 vaccine information from a third party source like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization (WHO), the company said in a statement.

Conspiracy theories and misinformation about the new coronavirus vaccines have appeared on social networking, including through anti-vaccine personalities on YouTube and viral movies shared across multiple platforms.

Last week, a study conducted at the United States and the UK found conspiracy theories and misinformation fuel mistrust in vaccines and could push levels that possible COVID-19 vaccines are taken below the rates required to protect communities against the disease.

In October, the video platform said it would eliminate videos containing misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, and ban any material with claims that prohibits consensus from local health authorities or the WHO.

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The move by YouTube on Tuesday follows promising outcomes from two major vaccine efforts. Moderna Inc said on Monday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine is more than 94.5% effective based on interim data from late-stage trials. Last week, Pfizer Inc said its vaccine has been demonstrated to be more than 90% successful.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Mrinalika Roy in Bengaluru. Editing by Shailesh Kuber.

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