YouTube is wiping vaccine skeptics from its popular video-sharing platform.
The ban on so-called vaccine misinformation, announced in a blog post on Wednesday.
YouTube’s new rules ban “misinformation” about any vaccine approved by health authorities such as the World Health Organization and currently administered. The platform had already started cracking down at the end of last year against what it calls false claims about the COVID-19 vaccine.
YouTube, which is owned by Google, will remove videos and users who claim vaccines are dangerous or cause health problems, such as cancer, infertility or autism. Popular anti-vaccine accounts, including those run by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., were removed from YouTube on Wednesday.
âWe have regularly seen false claims about coronavirus vaccines turn into misinformation about vaccines in general, and we are now at a point where it is more important than ever to expand the work we started with COVID- 19 to other vaccines. YouTube said in a prepared statement.
The new rule will apply to general vaccine claims as well as to statements about specific vaccines, such as those given against measles or influenza.
Complaints about the vaccines tested will always be allowed. Personal stories about vaccine reactions will also be allowed, as long as they don’t come from an account that has previously promoted “vaccine misinformation.”