Google, which owns YouTube has made a pact with the devil. Guns were first, then “bigots”, now it’s people who question the WHO.
The streaming service said in a blog post by Dr. Garth Graham and Matt Halprin, Director and Global Head of Healthcare and Public Health Partnerships, and VP and Global Head of Trust and Safety that it will streamline existing medical misinformation guidelines for specific health conditions, treatments, and substances where content contradicts local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Starting today and ramping up in the coming weeks, we will begin removing content that promotes cancer treatments proven to be harmful or ineffective, or content that discourages viewers from seeking professional medical treatment,” YouTube said in a blogpost on August 15.
As part of the “long-term vision” for its medical misinformation policies, the guidelines will fall under three categories – Prevention, Treatment, and Denial, the blogpost said.
Here’s what the framework will look like:
- Prevention misinformation: We will remove content that contradicts health authority guidance on the prevention and transmission of specific health conditions, and on the safety and efficacy of approved vaccines. For example, this encompasses content that promotes a harmful substance for disease prevention.
- Treatment misinformation: We will remove content that contradicts health authority guidance on treatments for specific health conditions, including promoting specific harmful substances or practices. Examples include content that encourages unproven remedies in place of seeking medical attention for specific conditions, like promoting caesium chloride as a treatment for cancer.
- Denial misinformation: We will remove content that disputes the existence of specific health conditions. This covers content that denies people have died from COVID-19.
“These policies will apply to specific health conditions, treatments, and substances where content contradicts local health authorities or WHO,” the blogpost said.
Exceptions to such posts include public interest content like comments made by national political candidates on the campaign trail that disputes health authority guidance, or graphic footage from active warzones or humanitarian crises.
“We may also make exceptions for personal testimonies or content that discusses the results of a specific medical study,” the post said.
The step is said to simplify the company’s approach for creators, viewers, and partners. What it actually does is ensure that alternate voices are suppressed. India, who took the decision to treat rather than inject during the pandemic, will be particularly badly hit as their response was not in alignment with the WHO. As readers know, we view the WHO with great suspicion, fearing its once noble cause has been infiltrated by Big Pharma and selfish elites who wish to control and cull the human population.