YouTube bans coronavirus vaccine misinformation with claims of infertility, microchip implants

YouTube banned disinformation about COVID 19 vaccinations as an expansion of the previous policy that limited or curtailed unverified posts. Claims now banned include allegations that the vaccine would kill people or cause infertility, or claiming that the vaccine would somehow microchip in recipients.

Any content with claims about COVID-19 vaccines that contradict the consent of local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO) will be banned from YouTube.

“A Covid-19 vaccine may be imminent, so we’re making sure we have the right policies in place to be able to remove (related) misinformation,” Youtube said in a statement to the BBC. YouTube said it has already removed 200,000 dangerous or misleading videos about the virus since February.

Youtube said the new rules would be applied in the next few days, but in the meantime some ads would still be posted. It further said it was launching a campaign to provide users with information about the flu shot, including where to get the flu vaccines in the United States.

YouTube noted that it already removes content contesting the existence or transmission of COVID-19, promotes medically unsubstantiated treatment methods, discourages people from seeking medical treatment, or explicitly challenges the guidance of health authorities on self-isolation or social distancing.

The development comes shortly after the social media platform Facebook has developed a comprehensive policy to ban content that discourages people from getting vaccinated. Public health officials recommend that most people get the flu vaccine every year. This year they think it is particularly important to minimize the risk of concomitant flu and COVID-19 “, Facebook noted in a blog post.

Facebook noted that it already had a policy in place that does not allow hoax advertising about vaccines that have been publicly identified by major global health organizations, such as the WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The development comes shortly after the social media platform Facebook has developed a policy to ban content that discourages people from getting vaccinated.

News Underline:

  • Youtube has announced that it will ban videos spreading misinformation about coronavirus vaccines.
  • This would include allegations that the vaccine killed people or caused infertility, or claims that the vaccine somehow implanted microchips in recipients.
  • Facebook it also announced a global policy to ban content that discourages people from getting vaccinated.