YouTube recently initiated a ban on anti-vax videos, and terminating accounts of anti-vaccine influencers.
Some people believe that it’s excessive censorship, but really – the bigger problems are abuse and stupid AI.
YouTube Anti-Vax Ban : What Is It?
After months of letting anti-vaccine influencers spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination, YouTube finally cracked down.
On 29 September 2021, YouTube expanded their medical misinformation policies, removing thousands of videos and even terminating accounts of anti-vaccine influencers.
YouTube Anti-Vax Ban Problems : Abuse + Stupid AI
At that time, I celebrated their decision because YouTube has let these anti-vaccine influencers spread misinformation for far too long.
My friend, Ian, felt that it was excessive censorship – an opinion echoed by many on the Internet.
However, at that time, I told him that I was far more worried about abuse and their stupid AI. That proved to be prescient…
Just FOUR DAYS LATER, I was hit by a Community Guidelines Strike for a video designed to fight against medical misinformation on ivermectin and COVID-19.
When I uploaded video, I made sure it passed the YouTube check. But after about a dozen people viewed the video, it was taken down by YouTube.
Either YouTube’s AI algorithm flagged it or some people reported it as medical misinformation – which isn’t shocking. Trolls have been trying to take down our fact check videos, by abusing the YouTube reporting system.
But for the YouTube team to agree with them – that’s something special.
You can take a look at a low-resolution version of the video here, and see for yourself if it promotes medical misinformation.
YouTube Anti-Vax Ban Problems : Ignorant Appeal Team
It also appears that the YouTube Appeal Team is either ignorant or biased. They immediately rejected my appeal :
The odd thing is – this isn’t a new video. It was an updated version of this older video, with more details to refute claims by ivermectin supporters.
I also added information on COVID-19 vaccines, sharing that they have all successfully passed their clinical trials, unlike ivermectin.
The updated video also makes a stronger call for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
However, the YouTube appeal team still insists that this is medical misinformation… #SMH
This was what I feared – not censorship, but abuse and a stupid AI… and what looks like ignorance.
Mistakes by AI algorithms are a real problem. I have been hit by warnings for FACT CHECKING fake news. But it looks like ignorance is also a problem.
The YouTube appeal team does not seem to know how to differentiate between real medical misinformation and a fact check of medical misinformation.
So now we have been hit by a permanent strike for trying to help fight against misinformation. That does NOT bode well for YouTube’s “fight” against fake news…
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