YouTube will block all anti-vaccine content, moving beyond its ban on false information about COVID-19 vaccines to include material that contains misinformation about other approved vaccines, the social media giant has announced.
YouTube said on Wednesday the expanded policy will apply to “currently administered vaccines that are approved and confirmed to be safe and effective by local health authorities and the WHO (World Health Organization).” The new policy will also see false claims about routine immunizations for diseases such as measles, Hepatitis B and influenza removed from the YouTube platform.
YouTube has also confirmed that it will ban channels associated with several prominent anti-vaccine activists including Robert F Kennedy Jr and Joseph Mercola, a YouTube spokesperson said.
A news email for Mercola’s website said in a statement: “We are united across the world, we will not live-in fear, we will stand together and restore our freedoms.” Kennedy, who is a member of the prominent US political family, said in a statement: “There is no instance in history when censorship and secrecy has advanced either democracy or public health.”
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