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