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‘Dangerous coronavirus misinformation’: YouTube removes over a million videos

August 27, 2021
‘Dangerous coronavirus misinformation’: YouTube removes over a million videos

WASHINGTON: YouTube says it has removed more than one million videos with "dangerous coronavirus misinformation" since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement by the Google-owned video platform comes as social media platforms are under fire from political leaders for failing to stem the spread of false and harmful misinformation and disinformation about the virus and other topics.

YouTube said in a blog post it relies on "expert consensus from health organizations," including the US Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, but noted that, in some cases, “misinformation is less clear-cut” as new facts emerge. “Our policies centre on the removal of any videos that can directly lead to egregious real world harm,” chief product officer Neal Mohan wrote. “Since February of 2020, we’ve removed over one million videos related to dangerous coronavirus information, like false cures or claims of a hoax,” he said. “In the midst of a global pandemic, everyone should be armed with absolutely the best information available to keep themselves and their families safe.”