YouTube said Wednesday it is changing its policies to prevent the spread of misinformation on all vaccines — not just COVID-19 vaccines.
In a blog post on Wednesday, the company said it will begin removing any video that falsely “claims that approved vaccines cause chronic health effects, claims that vaccines do not reduce transmission or contraction of disease, or contains misinformation on the substances contained in vaccines.”
YouTube has announced that it will remove videos that are based on viral conspiracies about vaccines. This includes conspiracy theories that claim shots contain tracking devices, or those that claim vaccines can cause autism, cancer, or infertility.
YouTube stated that misinformation policies now apply to videos about specific vaccines as well as statements about vaccines generally.
YouTube stated that there are exceptions to the guidelines. YouTube also noted that videos that show “personal testimonials,” as well as videos discussing vaccine’s success and failures, as well video that discusses their testing trials.
In a blog post, YouTube said that “we’ve consistently seen false claims regarding the coronavirus vaccinations spill over into misinformation concerning vaccines in general.”
Earlier this year, YouTube said it had removed 30,000 videos that contained misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines over a six-month period. Despite their efforts, The Washington Post reported over the summer that the platform is still struggling to contain the spread of misinformation about the virus.