YouTube just made changes to its policies and its targeting members of the anti-vax movement.
The video-sharing giant made some changes specifically in its vaccine misinformation policy that pretty much bans content that spreads misinformation about the effectiveness and/or safety of vaccines.
This ban doesn’t just extend to the relatively recent wave of anti-vax messaging we’ve seen around the Covid-19 vaccines but to all anti-vax messaging.
An official statement in the policy says “YouTube doesn’t allow content that poses a serious risk of egregious harm by spreading medical misinformation about currently administered vaccines that are approved and confirmed to be safe and effective by local health authorities and by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is limited to content that contradicts local health authorities’ or the WHO’s guidance on vaccine safety, efficacy, and ingredients.”
This isn’t the first time that YouTube has taken steps to curb vaccine misinformation on its platform. Back in August the site deleted over 1 million videos that spread anti-vax messaging.
Do you think this is valid or is YouTube doing too much?