YouTube announced Wednesday it is expanding its focus on vaccine content and channels, removing all that cast doubt upon the effectiveness of government-approved vaccines and those that suggest health dangers associated with them.
The video platform said its new policies are all part of its “ongoing work to raise up authoritative health information … and connect people with credible, quality health content and sources.”
“[W]e’re now at a point where it’s more important than ever to expand the work we started with COVID-19 to other vaccines,” YouTube declared, adding:
Specifically, content that falsely alleges that approved vaccines are dangerous and cause chronic health effects, claims that vaccines do not reduce transmission or contraction of disease, or contains misinformation on the substances contained in vaccines will be removed. This would include content that falsely says that approved vaccines cause autism, cancer or infertility, or that substances in vaccines can track those who receive them. Our policies not only cover specific routine immunizations like for measles or Hepatitis B, but also apply to general statements about vaccines.
YouTube said it “consulted with local and international health organizations and experts” in the development of its new policies, claiming, for example, its “new guidance on vaccine side effects maps to public vaccine resources provided by health authorities and backed by medical consensus.”
The video platform said it will still “allow” content regarding “vaccine policies, new vaccine trials, and historical vaccine successes or failures.”
“Personal testimonials relating to vaccines “will also be allowed,” YouTube states, “as long as the video doesn’t violate other Community Guidelines, or the channel doesn’t show a pattern of promoting vaccine hesitancy.”
“Since last year, we’ve removed over 130,000 videos for violating our COVID-19 vaccine policies,” the company touted.
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