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19 | YouTube prohibits misinformation about vaccines

(San Francisco) COVID-19 vaccines are only being conducted in clinical trials, but YouTube, like Facebook, is leading the way: the social network is now banning misinformation about vaccines, which could harm confidence in future vaccination campaigns.

Posted Oct 14, 2020 at 2:34 PM

Agence France-Presse

Google's video platform on Wednesday updated its rules for removing false pandemic-related information.

For example, claims that the vaccine will kill or render people sterile will be removed.

In general, videos disseminating information that contradicts the consensus of the health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO) will be deleted.

YouTube also mentions the conspiracy theory that claims that microchips will be implanted in patients after vaccination.

On Tuesday, Facebook announced that it will now ban ads that discourage users from getting the vaccine, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has highlighted "the importance of preventive health measures."

The social media giant will also launch an information campaign on the seasonal flu vaccine in the United States.

Both platforms have already tightened their rules for moderating coronavirus content several times and established information centers on the subject. of disinformation about the virus and its remedies, as well as numerous scams.

COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be an important key to getting out of the pandemic, and several clinical trials

The United States has preceded hundreds of millions of doses ordered not only from Pfizer and Moderna, but also from AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Nov. avax and Sanofi, to ensure prompt delivery of the drug. part of the candidate (s) that will prove to be the winners.

Major social networks are regularly accused of having developed the anti-vaccination movement.

According to the US health authorities, the percentage of children without vaccination for two years has increased from 0.9% of children born in 2011 to 1.3% of children born in 2015. The number of applications for vaccination waivers is in 2018. -2019 increased for the fourth school year. he consecutive year in the United States.

However, a very large study of more than 650,000 Danish children, followed for more than a decade, came to the same conclusion as several previous studies: the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not increase the risk of autism, in unlike what is offered on social networks.

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