An almost Green-light for Coronavirus pandemic related content from Google and YouTube

YouTube has finally allowed monetization of all content related to coronavirus pandemic, in retrospect to the limitations it implied last month only.

In March 2020, YouTube had decided to monetize only specific channels creating the COVID-19 related content. But now that it has revised its decision, it has done that with several exceptional rules for these content creators.

The first exception is that any falsified claims about the cause, origin, and spread of coronavirus which negate or defy science, or non-medical treatments and remedies for the deadly disease, or anything else that qualifies as medical misinformation or propaganda related to COVID-19 will make the channel or content creator illegible for monetization by YouTube.

The content creators should take information from reputable sources that YouTube regards as trustworthy like WHO, CDC, and NHS.

The second exception that can bring a video in the demonetization zone is the posting of distressing footage, of real people who have either contracted the disease or are suffering due to it. Only passing shots of hospitals and coughing people is allowed if it serves a purpose in the story.

Another exception that can make anyone fall into the demonetization zone is the posting of pranks or challenges about coronavirus pandemic. YouTube will ban anyone for posting medically dangerous challenges or pranks related to this disease. This is fair because this pandemic is an extremely serious matter and not something to joke about.

However, while YouTube is working in this matter so efficiently, it should also control the posts from big media outlets and news channels that make tall and sometimes un-true claims just to create hype through their news.

On the other hand, Google has also made a U-turn.

It had earlier banned all kinds of ads related to COVID-19 that were an attempt to take advantage of people by swindling them during this pandemic. It was a noble act on Google’s part and was much appreciated, however, now they have decided to lift this ban to find ways to support and spread awareness through limited COVID-19-related ads from hospitals, medical service providers, governments, and NGOs.



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