YouTube Rolls Out New Guidelines In Its Health Policy To Curb Cancer Misinformation

When it comes to the world of health, there can be nothing worse than misleading information. After all, you’re dealing with human life and safety.

This is one of the major reasons why YouTube is rolling out a new series of guidelines that would be included in its health policy that’s designed to tackle cancer misinformation.

As you are already well aware that the world wide web is a place where you’re destined to find data on a wide range of topics. From recipes to the latest gadgets, stats, and more- the list is endless. But with that comes the hazard of being bombarded with facts that are far from the truth.

You’ll see such data getting viral fame thanks to social media platforms but that’s making it harder to combat the ordeal. For now, the app is doing wonders at trying to fight and roll out a long-term plan through which it can better handle data linked to medical misinformation, with special emphasis on cancer.

The company’s latest guidelines related to the health domain would now be falling into three categories that entail prevention, treatment modalities, and misinformation that’s denied. As you can probably guess, the first has to do with how a certain disease may be stopped from arising in the first place. The second is linked to how the disease can be altered to prevent it from progressing further. And last but not least, it’s linked to the app deleting all content that puts out fake claims including how people never died from COVID-19.

YouTube was recently seen publishing a statement on the matter. It claims that any medical disease, condition, or treatment that falls on the subject of being misinformed to the masses would be evaluated further to see if it’s a huge health hazard for the general public or not. This sort of guidance comes from the likes of health authorities and those who are accustomed to seeing misinformation online.

The policy would come into effect from now only and the app hopes to get rid of videos linked to cancer that go against the company’s policies. This would be a collaborative effort that is predicted to pick up the pace in the next few weeks.

If a particular video says garlic cloves fixes cancer, then obviously it’s going to be removed from the platform. In the same way, the app vows to share playlists that entail plenty of videos that speak about cancer with evidence of science. This would be a collaborative effort with assistance from Mayo Clinic that would produce more videos that are informational regarding the tumor.

The news of such new policies through YouTube arises a little less than 6o days since we saw the app claim that it would now put an end to content that makes false claims, spreads fraud, and is designed to incite hatred and violence. And as expected, a lot of the content in question is from the 2020 US Presidential elections.

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