Alphabet’s YouTube said on Tuesday that it will add a link to the coronavirus expert group on its website to provide information about the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, thereby expanding its handling of misinformation related to the pandemic.
The company said in a statement that the link will directly send users authoritative COVID-19 vaccine information from third-party sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization (WHO).
Conspiracy theories and misinformation about the new coronavirus vaccine have surged on social media, including through anti-vaccine figures on YouTube and viral videos shared across multiple platforms.
Last week, a study conducted in the U.S. and U.K. found that conspiracy theories and misinformation contributed to people’s mistrust of vaccines and could make the use of the potential COVID-19 vaccine lower than to protect the community from the disease. The ratio.
In October, the video platform stated that it would delete videos containing incorrect information about the COVID-19 vaccine and prohibit any content that contradicts the consensus of the local health authority or the World Health Organization.
Before YouTube took this move on Tuesday, two major vaccine efforts had achieved gratifying results. Moderna said on Monday that, based on mid-term data from a later trial, its experimental COVID-19 vaccine is more than 94.5% effective. Pfizer said last week that its vaccine showed an efficiency of over 90%.
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