In SummaryYouTube blames vaccination hesitancy on anti-vaccination activists spreading misinformation on its platform.
YouTube is removing video channels associated with anti-vaccine activists, who experts say are contributing to slowing vaccination rates against COVID-19 in the U.S., The Washington Post reported.
In a blog post, the Google-owned site wrote, “We’re expanding our medical misinformation policies on YouTube with new guidelines on currently administered vaccines that are approved and confirmed to be safe and effective by local health authorities and the WHO.”
According to the Washington Post, misinformation researchers claim anti-vaccine content added to people being skeptical about taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
Around 56% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, compared to 71% of Canadians and 67% of people in the United Kingdom.
“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 will be removed,” the company said in a post.
President Joe Biden blasted social media companies in July for spreading misinformation about vaccines and the coronavirus, even saying Facebook is “killing people” due to misinformation before clarifying his statement, according to WaPo.