YouTube will remove videos that are inaccurate and enter into conspiracy theories about vaccines, which will be one of our most important trump cards in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The company added new rules to its Misinformation Policy About Covid-19.
As a result of the widespread use of smartphones in recent years, internet usage has also increased significantly. This situation inevitably leads to a continuous information pollution around. Major social media companies also regularly struggle with false information to make their platforms more reliable. These examples of struggle have recently begun to be seen in the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the most important events of 2020.
The video-sharing platform YouTube has added some new rules to its Misinformation Policy on Covid-19. In this period as the world approaches a potential Covid-19 vaccine, the video-sharing platform wants to prevent misinformation about vaccines. The new policy also stated that YouTube could remove unconfirmed claims about coronavirus vaccines that “contradict the expert consensus of local health officials or the World Health Organization”.
Videos with unconfirmed information sharing about the Covid-19 vaccine will be removed
With this new policy article, false information about the vaccine will be removed and correct information will be delivered to people. For example, videos with text such as vaccine causing infertility or killing people will be considered and removed as content that encourages misinformation. In these misinformation, there are also conspiracy theories such as Bill Gates will insert microchips for vaccinators.
YouTube has removed more than 200,000 videos that support misinformation about the coronavirus since February. Among the videos removed were some conspiracy videos connecting Covid-19 to 5G.
Just a day before YouTube, Facebook announced in a similar move its policy to ban advertisements that reduced the reliability of vaccines. As vaccines appeared gradually, new measures began to come from social media giants.