YouTube Bans Adverts on Anti-Vaccination Video Channels
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Feb 25, 2019,
Feb 25, 2019, 0:31
As of YouTube, a spokesperson told that "YouTube has strict rules and policies that oversee what videos we allow ads to appear on, and videos that promote anti-vaccination content are a violation of those policies". YouTube information panels efforts to stop false and inaccurate information about the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine had previously appeared in front of anti-vaccination channels that introduced it.
In a 20-minute video that has been viewed about 1.9 million times since Sunday, blogger Matt Watson said the comments sections on some YouTube posts that featured girls performing things like gymnastics or yoga were being exploited by "a soft-core pedophilia ring". "We enforce these policies vigorously, and if we find a video that violates them, we immediately take action and remove ads", a YouTube spokesperson said in an email statement to BuzzFeed News.
Nevertheless, it isn't the first time YouTube has faced problems with policing videos that contain comments from child predators. The algorithm changes initially will affect recommendations for a very small set of videos in the USA, with plans to expand internationally. Earlier this afternoon, BuzzFeed News reported that the famous video sharing platform is removing ads from videos that promote anti-vaccination contents, citing a ban on "dangerous and harmful" material.
That's because the Alphabet Inc. search giant is just so vital to advertising that no company that wants to reach consumers can survive without them, said one ad agency executive who asked not to be identified because the agency often works closely with Google.
YouTube has taken off the video but doctor Hess has found seven more disturbing videos for kids in the app and warns parents all over the world to keep a sharper eye on what their kids are watching.
This week, major companies, including McDonald's, Nestlé, and Epic Games pulled advertisements from YouTube after it was revealed their adverts were being placed on videos which had become hives for pedophiles. It has also reported illegal comments to law enforcement. The video brought up that ads ran on many of these videos as well, and it approached advertisers to push back on YouTube.
Social media platforms, including Facebook and YouTube, have been used aggressively by anti-vaccination proponents.
She said that the company took "immediate action" by deleting over 400 YouTube channels because of comments that they'd left on videos.
Despite being criticized by the majority of the creators, some came out in the defense of YouTube. According to Wired, they're surfacing on YouTube's recommendation system.