YouTube is banning from its platform all “harmful” anti-vaccine content, which was determined with the help of “health authorities,” the Google-owned site announced on Wednesday.
According to the announcement, YouTube is expanding its “medical misinformation policies” to include “harmful vaccine content” relating to “currently administered vaccines that are approved and confirmed to be safe and effective by local health authorities and the [World Health Organization].”
“Working closely with health authorities, we looked to balance our commitment to an open platform with the need to remove egregious harmful content,” the announcement stated. “We’ve steadily seen false claims about the coronavirus vaccines spill over into misinformation about vaccines in general, and we’re now at a point where it’s more important than ever to expand the work we started with COVID-19 to other vaccines.”
The policy changes go into effect on Wednesday.
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