YouTube states that since the start of the pandemic (February 2020), it has removed over a million videos spreading dangerous and misinformation about COVID19 and its vaccines, although YouTube is a platform with over two billion users globally and it’s hard to get away with these misleading videos.
Many other social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are capturing misinformation from their platforms following harsh criticism from critics and other experts regarding social media platforms, saying they are responsible for the growth of dangerous content related to the COVID vaccine.
In January, the platform announced that it had removed about five hundred thousand videos and distorted information. The giant platform has yet to provide data on the number of scam videos uploaded to its huge library. Also, it hasn’t updated its dangerous content removal stats in the past 5 months, hiding a description of how the exceptions relate to the crown stack to other categories.
The platform’s product director revealed on his blog that YouTube uploads nearly 10 million videos every quarter. YouTube is just like other social platforms that give users a place to upload their content, but many users post dangerous material on these platforms in the name of freedom of expression. YouTube is tackling this situation with an efficient policy so that people do not use their liberty of expression in the wrong way.
During the last few years, YouTube tried to tackle multiple types of dangerous content on its platform such as conspiracy philosophies, hate speech, child exploitation and misuse, racial content, and other content of mass assassination.
Still, many people criticize that the platform is not putting enough exertion regarding its content moderation, but the reality is that it takes time to cope with these types of misleading videos on a massive platform where people post millions of videos each day.
Neal Mohan, The Product Officer has said that the confiscation of this fake information from the platform regarding the corona vaccine is part of content moderation struggles. He further called videos’ removal a “blunt tool” and that is hard to implement when one individual’s false information is the sturdy belief of another individual.