Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, YouTube claims to have removed more than one million videos that contained “dangerous coronavirus disinformation.”
In its statement, the Google-owned video platform said that social media platforms have come under scrutiny from political leaders for their failure to prevent the spread of inaccurate and harmful news and disinformation regarding the virus and other topics on their platforms.
A blog post on YouTube stated that it relied on “professional agreement from health organisations,” including the US Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, but added that “misinformation is less clear-cut” in some circumstances as new data emerge.
“Our standards are centred on the removal of any videos that have the potential to cause egregious real-world harm,” wrote Neal Mohan, chief product officer of YouTube.
According to him, “Since February of 2020, we’ve eliminated over one million videos that contained potentially dangerous coronavirus information, such as fake cures or claims of a hoax.”
Every person should be equipped with the most up-to-date information available to keep themselves and their family safe in the event of a worldwide pandemic, according to the World Health Organization.
Specifically, YouTube stated that it was attempting to hasten the process of eliminating videos that contained false material while also delivering content from reliable sources.
Mohan stated that the site presently eliminates approximately 10 million films per quarter, with the vast majority of them having been seen less than ten times each time.
“Removals that are completed quickly will always be necessary, but we are well aware that they are not nearly enough… The most important thing we can do is to grow the good while simultaneously decreasing the bad; else, we would perish “he explained.
“Now, when individuals search for news or information, they get results that are prioritised for quality rather than for how sensational the content may be,” says the author.
YouTube also stated that it has removed “thousands” of videos for breaking election misinformation standards since the November election in the United States, with three-fourths of those films being removed before they reached 100 views.