Google-owned YouTube on Tuesday stated it should take away content material that promotes “most cancers remedies confirmed to be dangerous or ineffective” or which “discourages viewers from searching for skilled medical remedy”.
The corporate stated that transferring ahead, it should streamline dozens of its current medical misinformation tips to fall underneath three classes – Prevention, Remedy, and Denial.
“These insurance policies will apply to particular well being circumstances, remedies, and substances the place content material contradicts native well being authorities or the World Well being Group (WHO),” stated Dr Garth Graham, Director and International Head of Healthcare and Public Well being Partnerships.
The platform will take away content material that contradicts well being authority steerage on the prevention and transmission of particular well being circumstances, and on the security and efficacy of accredited vaccines.
This may encompasses content material that promotes a dangerous substance for illness prevention and content material that encourages unproven treatments instead of searching for medical consideration for particular circumstances, like selling caesium chloride as a remedy for most cancers.
“We’ll take away content material that disputes the existence of particular well being circumstances. This covers content material that denies individuals have died from COVID-19,” stated Matt Halprin, VP and International Head of Belief and Security.
Ranging from Tuesday and ramping up within the coming weeks, YouTube will start eradicating content material that promotes most cancers remedies confirmed to be dangerous or ineffective, or content material that daunts viewers from searching for skilled medical remedy.
This contains content material that promotes unproven remedies instead of accredited care or as a assured remedy, and coverings which have been particularly deemed dangerous by well being authorities.
As an illustration, a video that claims “garlic cures most cancers,” or “take vitamin C as a substitute of radiation remedy” could be eliminated, stated YouTube.
The corporate can be publishing a playlist of participating, informative cancer-related movies from a variety of authoritative sources.
“We’re collaborating with Mayo Clinic on new video content material to share data on a wide range of most cancers circumstances,” stated YouTube.