If some have criticized him for being a little moderate in terms of disinformation on vaccines, YouTube has this time decided to strike hard. In a blog post published on Wednesday, the platform announces a considerable strengthening of its policy against publications of this type.
The Google company explains as follows:
Content that falsely claims that approved vaccines are dangerous and cause chronic health effects, that claims that vaccines do not reduce disease transmission or contracting diseases, or that contains incorrect information about the substances in vaccines will be phased out. (…) This includes content that falsely claims that approved vaccines cause autism, cancer or infertility, or that substances in vaccines can trace who receives them.
“Antivax” influencers under pressure
YouTube nevertheless specifies that it continues to allow videos that evoke “ vaccination policies, new vaccine trials, and historical vaccine success or failure ».
The platform was quick to take action to demonstrate its determination. As AFP noted, “antivax” influencers have disappeared from the site. Thus, the channel of Joseph Mercola, an osteopath and entrepreneur who was known as one of the most prominent disseminators of disinformation on the Covid, has been deleted. The latter reacted quickly on Twitter by speaking of censorship and ” attack on our freedoms and civil rights ».
Likewise, Robert Kennedy Jr, the son of the former justice minister, who has carved out a solid reputation as an anti-vaccine activist, is no longer on YouTube. The news agency recalls in this regard that it has in the past made a film to encourage African-Americans to be wary of vaccination.
It should be remembered that this is not the first time that YouTube has taken action on this subject. We were talking to you in particular at the end of 2020 about these information panels present which direct users to supposedly authoritative sources such as the WHO or the CDC, the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention.