YouTube: The video sharing and broadcasting platform has announced that it will remove any content that contradicts the World Health Organization (WHO) directive regarding COVID-19. The decision was widely criticized, particularly given that WHO’s early policies appeared to dismiss the seriousness of the pandemic.
The YouTube policy change is clearly an attempt to stop the spread of disinformation. However, some argue that the measure will effectively silence critical voices against WHO. Because the organization was wrong about security measures against COVID-19 in early 2020, such censorship can silence legitimate concerns that violate WHO official policies.
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According to Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, the platform will remove any content that appears to contradict the WHO recommendations on the coronavirus pandemic. Wojcicki appeared on CNN yesterday to explain the policy:
“We also talked about deleting problematic information … Anything that violates the recommendations of the World Health Organization would violate our guidelines, so deleting is another really important part.”
Wojcicki added that YouTube will also delete information without a medical basis. He gave examples such as the claim that vitamin C or turmeric is a cure for the virus that has already claimed the lives of around 180,000 people. [OurWorldInData.org]
WHO was wrong before
The decision about by far the largest platform for content transfer on the planet has generated much criticism, with the main concern that WHO has previously downplayed the risk of the virus.
Herald and Weekly Times columnist Rita Panahi went to Twitter to remind her followers of that slow response from WHO the previous pandemic:
“Reminder: The WHO was against travel bans for weeks after the US, Australia, Singapore and others imposed them.”
Others pointed out that the organization, like parrots, repeated the Chinese government’s first recommendations, which also turned out to be completely wrong.
The organization repeated this in a tweet published by WHO on January 14 official line by the Chinese authorities at the time through his Twitter account. He claimed that there was “no clear evidence of person-to-person transmission”. He has revised this position since then, but the fact is that his recommendations were previously wrong.
Meanwhile, Texas Senator Ted Cruz said it was “absurd” that WHO had broadcast “Chinese Communist Propaganda.” He added:
“The CCP should not lead Silicon Valley or trample freedom of expression in America.”
BeInCrypto contacted YouTube to get an answer to the criticism received. However, we have not yet received a response from the company.
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