YouTube has taken down over 1 million 'dangerous' COVID misinformation videos
What you need to know
- More than a million videos containing coronavirus misinformation have been removed by YouTube since last year.
- Around 10 million videos are taken down by YouTube each quarter for violating community guidelines.
- YouTube says it will continue to improve its systems to tackle misinformation on its platform.
YouTube has removed over 1 million videos with "dangerous coronavirus information" such as false cures and hoax claims since February last year, according to a blog post by the Google-owned video platform's Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan.
As per the blog post, YouTube removes approximately 10 million videos each quarter. Most of the videos that violate YouTube's community guidelines are removed even before reaching 10 views. The executive adds that "bad content" accounts for a tiny percentage of videos on the platform.
To combat COVID-related misinformation, YouTube relied on expert consensus from reliable health organizations such as the CDC and WHO. YouTube used a similar approach in the days following the 2020 U.S. Presidential election. It allowed "voices from across the spectrum to remain up" before the election results were certified.
Once the results were certified by states, it started to purge content with false claims that widespread fraud altered the outcome of any past presidential election. Since then, YouTube has removed thousands of videos for violating its election-related policies. A vast majority of those videos were taken down even before they hit 100 views.
The executive also says that "responsibility is good for business" as hot-button content doesn't usually receive many views on YouTube. Additionally, it can also erode trust with both viewers and advertisers.
Like Facebook, Twitter, and other major internet platforms, YouTube too faces the challenge of striking the right balance between freedom of speech and freedom of reach. Despite having robust systems to combat misinformation, YouTube has faced criticism over its content moderation efforts several times.
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YOU WILL COMPLY!!!!
Every one has a brain to decide what they want to believe, anyway at least they did
what a dangerous POLITICAL LEADER USA HAS CHOSEN...
EVEN UNDER TRUMP SAME COVID trend was going on
Whole leftist media ecosystem was after him
Now no one is allow to even post or talk
And they call it democracy...
And for those of you who say the public should decide what is disinformation and what is not, that's the same as letting the public decide what is truth and what's not. Except that's not how the truth works! 600 years ago, the public would have decided that the notion of the Earth being flat and that the heavenly bodies revolved around Earth was truth! My point is that uniformed people do not have the capability to decide what is truth when it comes to certain matters. The vast majority of the public do not have the expertise to make judgement calls when it comes to this pandemic - and neither do the majority of the people making YouTube videos. And the fact that so many people nowadays turn to social media - not for information, but for validation for their own toxic beliefs, allowing misinformation that is harmful to public health to spread is immoral.
Now, to your point, knowledge changes and evolve over time. You know who discovered that heavenly bodies do not revolve around Earth? Experts! Experts in math and sciences. Thus, my original proposition remains. Common folks making YouTube videos based on their plots they got from movies are not entitled to an audience. Certain experts with ulterior political motives - who are working to jeopardize public health to see those motives realized are not entitled to an audience. Yes, the experts have gotten some things wrong, only because they keep underestimating the stupidity of the populace. If the majority of people followed a few simple rules for a few months, this pandemic would be under control. They underestimated the amount of vaccine hesitancy and stupidity there would be. If 85% of the population had gotten vaccinated, we wouldn't have much to worry about today.