YouTube has said it will reduce the number of videos it recommends to users on its platform, spreading false claims that 5G technology is related to coronavirus, The Guardian reported.
The company has said it will remove videos that violate its policies. It may allow other content on the 5G conspiracy that does not mention the coronavirus to remain on the site as “borderline content”. These videos could be deleted and deleted from search results.
At least seven cell towers burnt down in the UK last week – four in the past 24 hours – after online conspiracy theories mistakenly claimed a link between cell towers and the coronavirus pandemic . One of the burnt towers was not even a 5G mast.
A YouTube spokesperson said The Guardian he has “clear policies that prohibit videos promoting medically unfounded methods to prevent the coronavirus instead of seeking medical treatment,” adding that he had started “to reduce recommendations for borderline content such as theories of conspiracy related to 5G and the coronavirus, which could misinform users in dangerous ways. “