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YouTube bans vaccine misinformation

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Yahoo Finance's Julie Hyman breaks down the breaking news surrounding Youtube’s ban of accounts spreading COVID misinformation.

Video Transcript

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JULIE HYMAN: A bit of breaking news here. YouTube is expanding its anti-COVID vaccine misinformation standards here. That's going to result in the banning of some accounts, including that of anti-vaccine activists, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr, and Joseph Mercola.

Now, YouTube outlined all of this in a blog post today. It said, since last year, they've already removed over 130,000 videos for violating their COVID-19 vaccine policies. But they say now that they are going to expand that. And say that, "We're expanding our medical misinformation policies on YouTube new guidelines on currently administered vaccines that are approved and confirmed to be safe."

Basically, those videos that question the safety or allege that they are not safe or do not, in fact, prevent disease, will be removed from the platform. So this seems to be a fairly significant expansion of their existing policy. We'll keep an eye on that and see if it has an effect on vaccination rates nationwide.