YouTube against fake news, all content blocked no vax
YouTube bans no vaxes.
This is in a nutshell the sensational move of the very popular multimedia content sharing platform, purchased in 2006 by Google.
Techprincess is always careful to report distorted or blatantly false news that aim to misinform about the Coronavirus and discredit the vaccination campaign.
Furthermore, we promptly report the attitude of the most important social networks towards no vaxes and their statements very often without scientific validity. After all, the Web, and more specifically the world of social media, is the space in which information is conveyed most rapidly, and it is there that the greatest risks of the diffusion and proliferation of completely unfounded news are run.
In a recent article they provided a brief history of Facebook’s attitude towards fake news. Which in recent months has proved fluctuating.
It was almost taken for granted that sooner or later even YouTube would take a stand on the no vax issue. Its very nature as a platform that hosts videos (also shot in an amateur way), exposes the social network based in California to the risk of becoming an outpost of producers and spreaders of fake news.
But now it looks like YouTube has abruptly closed its doors to no vaxes. Let’s see how.
YouTube bans no vaxes
The decision, as well as fresh, is drastic.
With a note that appeared on Wednesday 29 September on the official website blog, YouTube put no vax at the door.
More precisely, the article points the finger at unfounded information regarding the vaccination campaign. And it claims that more than 130,000 videos have already been removed in one year.
Not only videos that discredited official vaccines have been and will be eliminated, explains the note. But also those who advocate alternative treatments, of dubious efficacy and – indeed – potentially harmful.
The note states that “today we are expanding our rules on medical misinformation on YouTube with new guidelines on currently administered vaccines that have been approved and confirmed as safe and effective by local health authorities and the WHO.”
Banned and allowed content
YouTube explains that the scientific community is always developing new studies. And the platform will be happy to welcome this plurality of searches. “We will continue to allow content on vaccine policies, new vaccine studies and historical vaccine successes or failures on YouTube. Personal testimonials related to vaccines will also be allowed, provided that the video does not violate other community rules or that the channel does not in any way induce not getting vaccinated. “
Conversely, “content that falsely claims that approved vaccines are dangerous and cause chronic health effects will be removed, claim that vaccines do not reduce disease transmission or contraction or contain incorrect information about the substances contained in vaccines. This would include content that falsely claims 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 vaccinations such as measles or hepatitis B, but also apply to general vaccine claims. “
Several accounts closed
The new YouTube regulations have had an immediate effect not only on a large number of content, but also on the accounts of several no vax activists who enjoy some popularity. Among them we point out at least Joseph Mercola and Robert F. Kennedy Jr, grandson of John Fitzgerald.
Russian TV RT suspended
YouTube’s other knockout move against no vax and disinformation was the suspension of two German-language RT accounts.. It is a satellite network financed by Russia, present (and popular) also on the Web.
RT has repeatedly been accused of misinforming on a variety of topics: from chemtrails to 9/11. More and more openly pro-Putin, she came to suppose Macron’s homosexuality to favor Le Pen in the 2017 French presidential elections.
A spokesperson for the platform said: “YouTube has always had clear community policies, which outline what is allowed on the platform.. RT DE received a warning for uploading content that violated our Covid-related disinformation policy and this resulted in the suspension of their right to publish. During this suspension, they tried to evade execution by using another channel and, as a result, both channels were closed for violating YouTube’s terms of service. “
Ready for the reply of Margarita Simonyan, director of RT. Who said: “This is a real media war declared by Germany against Russia”.
The Russian foreign minister has similar positionswho spoke of “an unprecedented attack on information”.