March 2, 2021
YouTube demonetizes anti-vaccine channels

Now, YouTube Follows Pinterest and Goes Further by Preventing Anti-Vaccine Channels from Running Ads

YouTube demonetizes anti-vaccine channels, following a move by Pinterest, where it removed such content from public search…

Just last week, Pinterest began weeding out misinformation. More particularly, it targeted anti-vaccination content by removing related search terms from its platform. While users can still pin anti-vax stuff to their boards, it will no longer show up in search results.

Now, YouTube is doing something similar. The popular video-hosting site has banned anti-vaccination channels from running ads. Meaning, the users can continue to upload videos but cannot monetize such channels.

YouTube Demonetizes Anti-Vaccine Channels, Following a Similar Move by Pinterest

A spokesperson for YouTube explains the site’s policies prohibit monetizing channels which contain “dangerous and harmful” content. The spokesperson also elaborated:

“We have strict policies that govern what videos we allow ads to appear on, and videos that promote anti-vaccination content are a violation of those policies. We enforce these policies vigorously, and if we find a video that violates them, we immediately take action and remove ads.”

Going forward, YouTube will replace those ads with a new information panel that’s linked to a “vaccine hesitancy” page on Wikipedia.

Additionally, YouTube tellsĀ TechCrunch it will enact changes to its “Up Next” algorithm due to the fact this section previously promoted anti-vaccination channels.

William Boleys

Will is an experienced freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.

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