YouTube expands its measures against “anti-tax” videos – Sciences et Avenir

YouTube announced on Wednesday the strengthening of its policy to combat anti-vaccine content, highlighting that repressive measures would not be limited only to disinformation videos about vaccines against Covid-19.

“Content that falsely claims that approved vaccines are dangerous and causes chronic health effects, that claims that vaccines do not reduce the transmission of disease or contract disease, or that contains incorrect information about substances in vaccines will be removed.” the platform said in a statement.

“This includes content that falsely claims that approved vaccines cause autism, cancer or infertility, or that substances in vaccines can track who gets them,” continues the company, a Google subsidiary.

Misleading or misleading videos about routine vaccines, such as measles or hepatitis B, may be removed from the site. “General Vaccine Statements” may also be removed.

On the other hand, “contents on vaccination policies, new vaccine trials and historical successes or failures of vaccines” are authorized, as well as personal testimonies on vaccination provided they comply with the platform’s regulations.

YouTube is already implementing measures to combat misinformation around Covid-19 vaccines, claiming to have removed more than 130,000 videos in the last year that violated its regulations in this area.

Among its most recent measures, the platform suspended the German accounts of the public television channel RT on Tuesday for violating internal community rules by spreading “false information” about Covid-19 and for wanting to circumvent a download suspension.

Moscow threatened to block YouTube in retaliation, accusing the group of censorship.

Major US tech groups face strong pressure to remove or moderate the anti-vaccine content that has proliferated on their platforms, especially since the start of the pandemic.

In mid-September, Facebook presented a new tool for the fight against conspiratorial or violent groups, aimed mainly at the German “Querdenken” (or “anti-conformist”) movement, which combines health measures against the Covid-19 pandemic with the deprivation of unconstitutionality. Liberty.

Twitter also has a regulation on this issue and assumes the right to remove content and take action in case of infringement.

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