YouTube will remove any coronavirus content that goes against WHO recommendations
YouTube to Remove Videos Containing ‘Unsubstantiated’ Coronavirus Information
While the world continues its efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus, YouTube officials have unveiled plans to help stop the spread of coronavirus misinformation.
The popular video site’s staff is in the process of reviewing coronavirus-related videos and removing those that don’t fall in line with the World Health Organization’s recommendations, says CEO Susan Wojcicki. She says staff members are deleting “anything that is medically unsubstantiated. So people saying, like, ‘take vitamin C,’ you know, ‘take turmeric.’ Those are the examples of things that would be a violation of our policy.”
Also falling under the “violations” banner are videos promoting the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment and “any content that disputes the existence or transmission of Covid-19,” Wojcicki says.
Doesn’t allowing only material backed by the World Health Organization qualify as “propaganda?” Is YouTube violating uploaders’ First Amendment rights by censoring content?