The video platform said it would ban any content on Covid-19 vaccines that contradicted the consensus of local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to a blog post, YouTube will also remove claims that the vaccine will kill people or cause infertility, or that microchips will be implanted in people who will be vaccinated.
A YouTube spokesman said general discussions about the “general concern” about the vaccine would remain on the platform.
YouTube has reportedly removed content that disputes the existence or transmission of Covid-19, promotes medically unproven treatment methods, discourages people from seeking medical help, or explicitly challenges health authorities’ recommendations for self-isolation or social distancing.
Conspiracy theories and misinformation about the new coronavirus vaccines proliferated on social media during the pandemic, including through anti-vaccine personalities on YouTube and viral videos distributed on several platforms.
Although doctors and researchers are working on various treatments, vaccines are at the heart of the long-term fight to stop the new coronavirus, which has killed more than a million people, infected more than 38 million and paralyzed the global economy.
In its blog post, YouTube said that since the beginning of February, it has removed over 200,000 videos related to dangerous or misleading information about Covid-19.
Andy Pattison, digital solutions manager at the World Health Organization, told Reuters that WHO representatives meet weekly with the YouTube policy team to discuss content trends and potentially problematic videos. Pattison said the WHO was encouraged by the YouTube announcement of measures against misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine.