YouTube Bans Unsubstantiated Medical Content Towards Coronavirus


Owners of Google have resolved to remove any content which it will deem medically unsubstantiated. The Chief executive Susan Wojcicki said the media giant wanted to stamp out “misinformation on the platform”.

The move was taken after YouTube had banned conspiracy theories falsely linking Covid-19 to 5G networks.

The Chief executive Mrs Wojcicki made the remarks on Wednesday last week 22 April 2020 during her first interview since the global coronavirus lockdown began.

“So people saying, ‘Take vitamin C, take turmeric, we’ll cure you,’ those are the examples of things that would be a violation of our policy,”

The Chief executive of YouTube Mrs Susan Diane Wojcicki

Mrs Wojcicki added YouTube had seen a 75% increase in demand for news from “authoritative” sources.

The same period last week saw Facebook announced to users who read, watch or share false Covid-19 information would receive a pop-up alert urging them to visit the WHO’s website.

“Anything that would go against World Health Organization recommendations would be a violation of our policy.”

The Chief executive of YouTube Mrs Susan Diane Wojcicki

In a bid similar to what YouTube has taken as a measure, Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp, stopped users forwarding messages already shared more than four times by the wider community to more than one chat at a time.

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