Faced with the resurgence of anti-tax content on social media, YouTube has announced that it will employ an even stricter policy on the issue.
YouTube is further hardening its fight against disinformation. In a blog post published on Wednesday, September 29, the Google platform announced that it had removed several channels belonging to anti-tax personalities. “This includes content that falsely claims that approved vaccines cause autism, cancer or infertility, or that substances in vaccines can track who gets them,” the company said. On Wednesday, the channel of Joseph Mercola, an osteopath described in late July by the New York Times as “the most influential broadcaster of false information about the coronavirus online” was removed. It had more than 400,000 subscribers and 100 million views.
Ban fake news and only fake news?
If YouTube intends to eradicate fake news from its platform, the Google subsidiary has specified, however, that “content on vaccination policies, new vaccine trials, and historical vaccine successes or failures,” as well as personal testimonies, will continue to be authorized. about vaccination … As long as they respect YouTube’s terms and conditions.
In total, more than 130,000 videos have been removed from the platform since last year. Among the most recent measures taken by the company, we also highlight the suspension on Tuesday of the German accounts of the Russia Today channel, for having violated internal community regulations. In retaliation, Moscow threatened to block the platform in the country.
YouTube isn’t the only group taking action against misinformation. All GAFAMs have been under pressure since the beginning of the pandemic, to the point of having to stop the massive spread of disinformation that is rampant on social media.