It stated in a blog post on Wednesday that YouTube will block all anti-vaccine content beyond its ban on false information about the COVID vaccine, including content that contains misinformation about other approved vaccines.
According to YouTube’s policy, examples of content not allowed on YouTube include claims that flu vaccines cause infertility and MMR vaccines that prevent measles, mumps, and rubella can cause autism.
A YouTube spokesperson said that the online video company owned by Alphabet Inc has also banned channels related to several well-known anti-vaccine activists, including Robert Kennedy Jr. and Joseph Merckola.
A news email on the Mercola website said in a statement: “We are united all over the world. We will not live in fear. We will stand together and restore our freedom.” Kennedy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. .
These measures come as YouTube and other tech giants such as Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. have been criticized for failing to take sufficient measures to prevent the spread of false health information on their websites.
But even if YouTube takes a tougher stance on misinformation, it faces strong opposition from all over the world. On Tuesday, the German-language channels of the Russian state-backed broadcaster RT were removed from YouTube because the company stated that these channels violated its COVID-19 misinformation policy.
Russia called the move an “unprecedented information aggression” on Wednesday and threatened to block YouTube.