YouTube has announced it’s removing the channels of prominent anti-vaccine activists like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Dr. Joseph Mercola in a bid to suppress COVID vaccine hesitancy.
The new policies will shift from censoring COVID vaccine “misinformation” to policing content questioning vaccines of any kind.
“As part of a new set of policies aimed at cutting down on anti-vaccine content on the Google-owned site, YouTube will ban any videos that claim that commonly used vaccines approved by health authorities are ineffective or dangerous,” the Washington Post reported. “The company previously blocked videos that made those claims about coronavirus vaccines, but not ones for other vaccines like those for measles or chickenpox.”
“Misinformation researchers have for years said the popularity of anti-vaccine content on YouTube was contributing to growing skepticism of lifesaving vaccines in the United States and around the world. Vaccination rates have slowed and about 56 percent of the U.S. population has had two shots, compared with 71 percent in Canada and 67 percent in the United Kingdom. In July, President Biden said social media companies were partially responsible for spreading misinformation about the vaccines, and need to do more to address the issue.”
Google-owned YouTube said in a Wednesday statement it’s specifically targeting channels that claim ANY vaccines can “cause chronic health effects” or could be “dangerous.”
Specifically, content that falsely alleges that approved vaccines are dangerous and cause chronic health effects, claims that vaccines do not reduce transmission or contraction of disease, or contains misinformation on the substances contained in vaccines will be removed. This would include content that falsely says that approved vaccines cause autism, cancer or infertility, or that substances in vaccines can track those who receive them. Our policies not only cover specific routine immunizations like for measles or Hepatitis B, but also apply to general statements about vaccines.
Matt Halprin, YouTube’s vice president of global trust and safety, told the Washington Post about the company’s expansion of censorship.
“Developing robust policies takes time,” Halprin said. “We wanted to launch a policy that is comprehensive, enforceable with consistency and adequately addresses the challenge.”
“At least hundreds” of moderators at YouTube are working specifically on medical misinformation in all available languages, he added.
Kennedy Jr., a lawyer and son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and Mercola, an alternative medicine entrepreneur, are not “anti-vaccine,” they simply point out the documented risks about the treatments are suppressed on behalf of pharmaceutical companies.
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, a board-certified osteopathic medical doctor, is also now banned from the video platform.
Ironically, YouTube’s anti-American bid to further suppress all debates about the COVID vaccine – and now ALL vaccines – will only increase suspicion and sow more doubt about vaccines in the future.
According to the Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System (VAERS) website, nearly three million injury symptoms from the COVID shots have been recorded worldwide, including 76,160 emergency room visits, 56,912 hospitalizations, 18,098 permanent disabilities, 14,327 life-threatening events, and 13,911 deaths, as of late August.
In fact, deaths alone from the COVID jabs amount to twice the number that have been recorded in VAERS for all vaccines administered over the past 30 years.
These are facts. And YouTube has declared war on them.