YouTube announced on Wednesday that it was stepping up its anti-… anti-vaccine implications Noting that its measures will not be limited to dealing with videos that disseminate false information about Corona virus vaccines.
“We will remove content that falsely claims that approved vaccines are dangerous, cause lasting health effects, or assert that vaccines do not reduce the transmission of infection or disease, or that Contains false information about the substances in vaccines“.
And the network affiliated with the Google Group explained that the decision “includes content that falsely claims that vaccines cause autism, cancer or infertility, or that substances in vaccines are able to track the people who have them. receive “.
YouTube already has a policy to ban misinformation about corona vaccines, but the new policy expands the rules to include misleading claims about long-approved vaccines, such as those for measles and hepatitis B, as well as lies about vaccines in general.
On the other hand, it is still permissible to publish “content on vaccination policy, new vaccine trials, and historical vaccine successes or failures”, as well as testimonials from crews on vaccination if they do not violate not the rules of the platform. .
YouTube primarily implements measures to tackle media misinformation about Corona vaccines, and it confirms it removed more than 130,000 videos a year ago that violate its rules in this area.
Among the latest actions taken by YouTube in this regard, the network has banned the accounts of many leading vaccine campaigners, including the accounts of Joseph Mercola and Robert Kennedy Jr. YouTube has also deleted the accounts of others. Leading anti-vaccination activists such as Irene Elizabeth and Sherry Tenpenny.
Accounts of prominent anti-vaccination activists such as Dr Mercola and Mr Kennedy remain active on Facebook and Twitter even though Facebook-owned Instagram has suspended Kennedy’s account.
and face American technology groups There is strong pressure to remove or moderate anti-vaccination content, which is rapidly proliferating on its platforms, especially since the start of the Corona pandemic.
In the middle of this month, Facebook introduced a new tool to fight groups that publish violent content or promote conspiracy theories, targeting in particular the German movement “Querdenken”, which classifies measures against the Corona virus in the “framework for the confiscation of freedoms”. . “
Twitter also adopts special rules in this area which note the right to remove content and intervene in case of violation.