YouTube will block anti-vaccination content

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YouTube said on Wednesday it will block any vaccinia content, going beyond the Covid-19 and including all content that claims that vaccines cause chronic health effects or contain misinformation about the substances of vaccines.

Alphabet’s digital video company is also barring prominent anti-vaccination activists and shutting down several channels, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, including longtime figures in the anti-vaccination movement Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Joseph Mercola.

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The move comes as YouTube and other tech giants such as Facebook and Twitter are criticized for not doing enough to stop the spread of false health information.

On Tuesday, the German-language channels of state-supported Russian broadcaster RT were deleted from the platform, which said they violated its disinformation policy on Covid-19.

On Wednesday, Russia called the measure an “unprecedented information assault” and threatened to block YouTube.

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