YouTube strikes at content against vaccination that remains 2 big spreaders

  • YouTube banned misinformation regarding any vaccines on Wednesday.
  • Kelly Brogan and Christiane Northrup, members of the “Disinformation Dozen”, still have channels.
  • YouTube told Insider it was looking into Brogan and Northrup’s channels.

At least two people identified by a misinformation watchdog nonprofit as super-spreaders of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines still have YouTube channels, despite YouTube’s announcement Wednesday that it is cracking down on the spread of medical misinformation.

The Google-owned platform announced extended guidelines in a blog post Wednesday morning. In addition to targeting misinformation about vaccines related to COVID-19 vaccines, the post states that the platform will now remove content that makes false claims about any vaccination shots.

YouTube terminated the channels of four anti-vaccine activists, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Joseph Mercola, Sherri Tenpenny and Erin Elizabeth, a spokesman for Insider said, in line with the new policy.

These four people were identified by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) as part of “Disinformation Dozen”, a group of 12 prominent anti-waxers who “play key roles” in spreading misinformation about vaccines online, wrote the British organization in a report earlier this year.

YouTube has previously removed the channels for other “Disinformation Dozen” members, including doctor Rashid Buttar and alternative medicine advocates Ty and Charlene Bollinger, the spokesman told Insider.

On Wednesday afternoon, channels for Kelly Brogan, author of books on alternative medicine and wife of prominent anti-vaccine activist Sayer Ji, and Christiane Northrup, a doctor known for her embrace of anti-vaccine rhetoric, were still live on YouTube.

Insider did not identify vaccine misinformation in available videos on the creator channels, but both channels link to the creators’ personal websites, which contain vaccine misinformation. Allegations shared on Brogan’s and Northrup’s blog posts have been invalidated by numerous scientific studies.

Brogan’s YouTube channel has over 23,000 subscribers and 1.3 million views, while Northrup’s account has nearly 73,000 subscribers and over 2.8 million views.

When a comment was contacted Wednesday afternoon, a YouTube spokesman said the company was looking at Brogan’s and Northrup’s channels.

President Joe Biden appeared to be referring to CCDH’s “Disinformation Dozen” in July, clarifying a comment he had previously accused social media like Facebook of “killing people” by not doing enough to combat misinformation about COVID-19- vaccines.

“Facebook is not killing people, these 12 people are out there giving the wrong information,” Biden told reporters after talking about the country’s economic recovery. “Anyone who listens to it feels sorry for it. It kills people. It’s bad information.”

Brogan and Northrup did not respond to requests for comment.

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