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YouTube blocks all anti-vaccine content By Reuters


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: The YouTube logo was seen at Playa Del Rey in Los Angeles, California on October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -YouTube will block all anti-vaccine content, moving beyond COVID-19 to include content that alleges vaccines cause chronic health effects or contains misinformation on the substances in vaccines, it said in a blog post on Wednesday.

The online video company owned by Alphabet (NASDAQ:) Inc is also banning prominent anti-vaccine activists, taking down several channels, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing YouTube’s Vice President Of Global Trust and Safety Matt Halprin. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and Joseph Mercola have been prominent figures in anti-vaccine movements for a long time.

The move comes as YouTube and other tech giants like Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:). and Twitter Inc (NYSE:). Twitter Inc (NYSE:) has been criticised for failing to do enough to prevent the spreading of inaccurate health information via their websites.

YouTube is facing backlash from all corners of the world, even though it takes a more aggressive stance in fighting misinformation. Russian state-supported broadcaster RT removed its German-language channels from YouTube Tuesday. It claimed the channels broke COVID-19 misinformation policies.

Russia threatened to block YouTube on Wednesday after describing the actions as “unprecedented information aggressive.”

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