YouTube Will Remove Videos Promoting False 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy
YouTube will reduce the amount of content spreading conspiracy theories about links between 5G technology and coronavirus that it recommends to users, it has said, as four more attacks were recorded on phone masts within 24 hours, The Guardian reported.
According to The Guardian, YouTube may still allow users to post videos about other 5G conspiracy theories as long as they don’t mention the coronavirus. These videos could still be suppressed by demonetization, and YouTube may remove them from the platform’s search results for violating the company’s policies.
The company said it will remove videos that violate its policies. It may allow other conspiracy-themed content about 5G which doesn’t mention the coronavirus to remain on the site as “borderline content.” Those videos could be suppressed and removed from search results.
A YouTube spokesperson told The Guardian it has “clear policies that prohibit videos promoting medically unsubstantiated methods to prevent the coronavirus in place of seeking medical treatment,” adding that it had started “reducing recommendations of borderline content such as conspiracy theories related to 5G and coronavirus, that could misinform users in harmful ways.”