Washington: YouTube said that since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has deleted more than 1 million videos with “dangerous coronavirus misinformation.”
The statement made by the Google-owned video platform came as social media platforms came under fire from political leaders for failing to prevent the spread of false and harmful misinformation and false information on viruses and other topics.
YouTube stated in a blog post that it relied on “expert consensus from health organizations,” including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, but noted that in some cases, as new facts emerged, “misinformation It’s not so clear.”
“Our policies center on the removal of any videos that can directly lead to egregious real world harm,” chief product officer Neal Mohan wrote.
“Since February of 2020, we’ve removed over one million videos related to dangerous coronavirus information, like false cures or claims of a hoax,” he said.
“In the midst of a global pandemic, everyone should be armed with absolutely the best information available to keep themselves and their families safe.”
YouTube said it was working to accelerate the process for removing videos with misinformation while simultaneously delivering those from authoritative sources.
Mohan said the platform currently removes close to 10 million videos per quarter and that the majority of them have been watched less than 10 times.
“Speedy removals will always be important but we know they’re not nearly enough… The most important thing we can do is increase the good and decrease the bad,” he said.
“When people now search for news or information, they get results optimized for quality, not for how sensational the content might be.”
YouTube also stated that since the U.S. vote last November, it has removed “thousands” of videos that violated the election misinformation policy, and three-quarters of the videos were deleted before the number of views reached 100.