YouTube announced Wednesday that the platform was cracking down on what it considers “misinformation” related to the coronavirus vaccine, which will also apply to vaccines for other diseases.
“Working closely with health authorities, we seek to balance our commitment to an open platform with the need to remove egregious harmful content,” YouTube said in a statement posted on its blog. “We have constantly seen false claims about coronavirus vaccines that have turned into misinformation about vaccines in general, and now we are at a point where it is more important than ever to expand the work we started with COVID-19 to others. vaccines”.
CNN host Jim Sciutto embraced the news, telling viewers that YouTube “is finally, some may say, cracking down on vaccine misinformation.”
Donie O’Sullivan, the CNN tech reporter who spends much of his time covering the “misinformation” on the right, responded by suggesting it was a “surprise” that YouTube was “allowing” such content in the first place.
“I mean, we’ve been in this pandemic for almost two years,” O’Sullivan said. “This is really basic insanity that I think a lot of people would have assumed with all the talk from these Silicon Valley platforms, that this would already be prohibited.”
Others took to Twitter to express a similar sentiment.
“Finally,” MSNBC host Joy Reid tweeted.
“At last! Good grief,” wrote Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin.
“Nearly two years and 700,000 deaths later,” Huffington Post editor Philip Lewis embarrassed the tech giant.
“This is good news, but it’s a bit late,” reacted Salt Lake Tribune correspondent Bryan Schott. “They could have done this a long time ago and chose not to because it would hurt the bottom line.”
Substack journalist Glenn Greenwald sounded the alarm of the media’s embrace of social media censorship.
“Just the latest episode in a never-ending line that shows that the main agitators in favor of greater censorship, the main enemies of free speech in America, are employees of the corporate media. They do not just approve of the huge wave of censorship. you are angry more is not censored “, Greenwald tweeted.
“The fact that we’re so used to corporate journalists being the top * censorship * activists has normalized it and obscured how completely twisted and sick it is. As I’ve said before, it would be as if the top cheerleaders of more smokers of cigarettes were cardiologists, “he added.