YouTube announces on Wednesday, Oct.14, all misinformation videos regarding Coronavirus vaccine will be removed from the site. This is the new pledge of the platform to curb the further spread of fake videos, telling people that COVID-19 vaccines can "kill humans," or a "government movement to force citizens on putting microchip inside body."
YouTube steps up against conspiracy COVID-19 videos
Most popular video-sharing platform YouTube, is now ready to step up their game against conspiracy or fake videos pertaining to COVID-19 vaccine.
BBC reported any videos that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities, such as the United Kingdom's National Health Service or World Health Organisation (WHO), will be removed from the site.
"A Covid-19 vaccine may be imminent, therefore we're ensuring we have the right policies in place to be able to remove [related] misinformation," the Google-owned service said in a statement via BBC.
Youtube has already prohibited videos about "medically unsubstantiated" claims regarding COVID-19. However, this is the first time that the platform has added the vaccine topic as one of the restricted content to tackle on the platform.
Which topics will be removed?
In their statement, YouTube also highlighted the different conspiracy vaccine topics that will soon be removed from the site.
This includes claims that vaccine can "kill people," "cause infertility," or to be used to force "humans to implant microchip once receive the treatment."
In a Yahoo News/YouGov poll, half of their viewers in America believe Microsoft founder Bill Gates wants to vaccinate people to implant microchip inside body.
The video hosting site brags they already "removed over 200K videos related to dangerous or misleading COVID-19 information" since February.
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Written by Jamie Pancho