Washington: YouTube claims it has removed over a million videos with “dangerous coronavirus misinformation” since the pandemic began.
Politicians have criticised social media for failing to stop the spread of damaging misinformation and disinformation regarding the virus and other subjects.
YouTube stated in a blog post that it depends on “professional agreement from health organisations” including the US CDC and the WHO, but that “misinformation is less clear-cut” when new data emerge.
“Our policies centre on removing any films that may directly lead to severe real world damage,” said CPO Neal Mohan.
“We’ve removed over one million videos linked to hazardous coronavirus material since February 2020,” he added.
“In the event of a worldwide pandemic, everyone should be equipped with the most up-to-date knowledge.”
YouTube claimed it was trying to remove misinformation faster while providing authoritative content.
Mohan said the site now eliminates almost 10 million videos each quarter, most of which have been seen only once.
“Fast removals are essential, but they’re not enough… Most essential is to promote good and reduce negative “stated he
People now receive results based on quality, not how spectacular the material is.
Since the US election in November, YouTube has removed “thousands” of videos for breaching election misinformation policies, with three-quarters being removed before reaching 100 views.