Banning all sorts of content against vaccines, YouTube is now also placing a ban on prominent contempt creators who promote anti-vaccine narratives.
Owned by Alphabet Inc, the company said in a blog post that it is now cracking down on content that falsely claims vaccines can cause chronic health effects. The platform is banning channels associated with several prominent anti-vaccine activists including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., author Joseph Mercola, health blogger Erin Elizabeth and Ohio doctor Sherri Tenpenny.
As it stands, the video platform is also targeting content that includes misinformation on the contents of approved vaccines. The new ban applies to all vaccines — not just those for COVID-19. Examples of content that won’t be allowed on YouTube include claims that the flu vaccine causes infertility and that the MMR shot, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella, can cause autism, according to YouTube’s policies.
“Content that falsely alleges that approved vaccines are dangerous and cause chronic health effects claims that vaccines do not reduce transmission or contraction of disease, or contains misinformation on the substances contained in vaccines will be removed,” the company said.
This being said, the ban does not apply to content about vaccine policies, new vaccine trials, and historical vaccine successes or failures.