YouTube bans videos questioning recognized vaccines

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Since October 2020, more than 130,000 videos have been deleted from YouTube. Indeed, the channel had banned all videos containing information contrary to the consensus of the health authorities or the WHO. A measure that it intends to strengthen.

In 2020, the YouTube video platform had chosen to ban all videos promoting information contrary to the consensus of health authorities or the World Health Organization, while vaccines against Covid-19 were expected in the midst of a pandemic global.

Several antivax channels, like those of Jean-Jacques Crèvecoeur, Silvano Trotte, Salim Laïbi or even Christian Tal challer. Moreover, since October last year, more than 130,000 videos have been deleted from the platform owned by Google, for “violation of YouTube regulations on Covid-19 vaccines”, reports Le Figaro .

False stories, conspiracy theories published by anti-tax and anti-pass channels, however, continue to circulate on YouTube. The channel has therefore decided to strengthen its system against fake news, from this Wednesday, September 29. YouTube has therefore clarified the criteria of its use policy, indicating that it will remove all content claiming that recognized vaccines are dangerous, cause harm to people vaccinated.

“Specifically, content that falsely claims that approved vaccines are dangerous and causes chronic health effects, that claims vaccines do not reduce disease transmission or contracting, or that contains misinformation on the substances contained in the vaccines will be deleted “informs the platform in a blog post, taken up by the daily.

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“Our policies do not only cover specific routine vaccinations like measles or hepatitis B, but also apply to general statements about vaccines,” details YouTube. Earlier this week, the platform suspended the German accounts of the public television channel RT.

Indeed, the channel would have violated the internal rules of the community by publishing “false information” on the Covid-19 pandemic. Censorship badly perceived by the Russian telecoms gendarme, Roskomnadzor, who has since threatened to block access to YouTube in Russia.

Ads, alongside video content, are also a problem. 99 million Covid-19 ads were taken down in 2020, due to their misleading claims about the cures.