Video-sharing platform, YouTube, announced an extension in its misinformation policies, aimed at banning anti-vaccine contents on the platform.
In a post on the company’s official blog on Wednesday, it was reported that since last year, the platform has banned over 130,000 videos for violating our COVID-19 vaccine policies.
“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 post read.
The policy will specifically target “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.”
However, the company, while taking the importance of scientific discussions and debates into the consideration, said the policies will pave way for content about vaccine policies, new vaccine trials, and historical vaccine successes, or failures.
The company also declared that content on personal experiences in relation to vaccines will also be allowed in as much the channels does not generally promote vaccine hesitancy, and the video does not breach other Community Guidelines.
YouTube, on Wednesday announced that it close down two German channels of Russian broadcaster RT, formerly known as Russian Today.
YouTube noted it has issued a strike to the original channel for breaching its rules on Covid-19 misinformation, and suspended it from posting videos on the platform before closing it down.