YouTube Puts A Stop To 'Anti-Vaccine' Channels Earning Money
YouTube channels that appear to push anti-vaccination agendas will no longer earn money from advertisements.
YouTube stopped serving ads to a number of channels that promote anti-vaccine views on Friday. The move followed protests from companies who discovered their ads were running in conjunction with an anti-vaccination video.
According to the BBC, Youtube took this step because the videos were promoting "harmful or dangerous" views.
"Any misinformation on medical topics is especially concerning," YouTube said in a statement obtained by the BBC.
YouTube also said it will make channels and videos with content deemed 'reliable' easily accessible to users. Anti-vaccination videos will stop appearing on 'recommended' lists.
In early 2019, the World Health Organisation named 'vaccine hesitancy' one of the 10 biggest threats to global health. It said vaccines can stop preventable diseases and save lives.
"Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease -- it currently prevents 2-3 million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved," the WHO website reads.
The BBC reported YouTube's decision came after advertises started pulling their ads from the platform until it could guarantee they would not appear with anti-vaccine videos.
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