Google is trying to make its video streaming platform better for users. In such a situation, the company has decided to remove such videos from the platform which are spreading medical misinformation. It is being told that the platform will take action against such videos which are harmful as well as unproven.
Google’s video streaming platform is removing some videos from YouTube. The company announced that it is attempting to streamline its medical moderation guidelines. For this, he is removing some videos giving misinformation related to medicine.
YouTube will remove content that promotes cancer treatments that have been proven to be harmful or ineffective. In addition, videos that discourage viewers from seeking professional medical treatment will also be removed from the platform. The company said the measure would help it combat misinformation on topics such as COVID-19, vaccines and reproductive health.
The policy will be implemented in these situations The company has said that it will implement its medical i.e. medical misinformation policy in three situations. Public health risk is greater when publicly available guidance from health authorities is available and when a topic is prone to misinformation.
Cracking down on harmful information In a blog post, YouTube confirmed that it would take action against both treatments, which are unproven as well as actively harmful, but are being suggested as additional alternatives. For example, no video should encourage users to take vitamin C supplements as an alternative to radiation therapy.
Banning Vaccine Misinformation Videos In 2020, major tech platforms such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft came together to make a shared commitment to fight misinformation related to COVID-19. YouTube has taken action against vaccine misinformation, such as removing ads from anti-vax conspiracy videos. Later, in 2021, the platform completely banned vaccine misinformation.