YouTube yanks ads from anti-vaccination conspiracy channels

YouTube yanks ads from anti-vaccination conspiracy channels

As online anger built over the issue raised by Watson, YouTube "took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling comments on tens of millions of videos that include minors", said a spokesperson for the video platform.

The furor over the child videos is a fresh blow to YouTube's reputation for policing sensitive content.

Schraeder says this latest incident is going to cost YouTube some business, but even though brands are going to be a little more skeptical toward whatever the digital video giant says it's going to do to remedy the issue and ask for more ways to validate the brand safety, advertisers will return.

According to BuzzFeed, which first reported the news, channels that will likely be cut off from monetization include VAXXED TV, LarryCook333 and iHealthTube.

YouTube has been under scrutiny by content creators for their quickly-changing policies over the last 18 months.

A YouTube spokeswoman added, "Any content -including comments - that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube".

Remember YouTube's parody problem previous year? There's overwhelming scientific and medical evidence that childhood vaccinations are both safe and effective at curbing disease outbreaks.




DeFranco also said that the problem is not only with YouTube. Examples YouTube gave at the time of "borderline" content included videos claiming that the Earth was flat, or those espousing serious medical misinformation.

But the comments get much worse than suggestions, Watson said in his video, noting that some people use the section to exchange social contacts or WhatsApp numbers or even links to child porn. The algorithm changes initially will affect recommendations for a very small set of videos in the US, with plans to expand internationally.

Readers, your thoughts: is it time for YouTube to turn off comments? Other companies like Grammarly and Peloton have also reached out to YouTube and requested further investigation.

Recently, BuzzFeed News made some inquires regarding algorithmic based recommendations on YouTube, where YouTube's algorithm was returning anti-vaccination videos after watching pro-vaccination content.

And, as per the given information, Adam Bennett Schiff, sent a piece of information to Facebook and Google about the details on how the companies had planned to fight against the wrong and false spread information discouraging from vaccinating their children.

And these videos featured pre-roll ads from companies like Peleton, Maybelline, and L'Oreal, just to name a few, and all of whom were alerted by Wired at the publishing of their piece, as most companies purchase YouTube ads across the entire platform and rely on YouTube's algorithm for placement.

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