YouTube will remove videos falsely linking COVID-19 to 5G

YouTube will remove videos falsely linking COVID-19 to 5G

by Jon Fingas, Engadget

It’s only downplaying videos with ‘plain’ 5G conspiracy theories, however.

The rash of bogus conspiracy theories tying the COVID-19 pandemic to 5G has led to cell tower arson and threats against engineers, and YouTube is planning to crack down on that misinformation. The Google-owned service said it will remove videos that try to make the unsupported connection, as they violate recent policies banning videos promoting “medically unsubstantiated methods” of preventing coronavirus infections. However, it’s stopping short of removing all 5G conspiracy videos.

Instead, YouTube said it was suppressing “borderline content” that could mislead people in “harmful ways,” such as conspiracy theories surrounding 5G and the virus by themselves. This includes both reduced recommendations for videos, pulling them from search results and stripping them of ad revenue.

The moves come not long after a Guardian report that UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden would hold talks with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in a bid to remove conspiracy material.

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