YouTube recently removed a video featuring 2024 presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and podcast host Jordan Peterson discussing vaccine misinformation. The video, which was posted on the Jordan Peterson channel, violated YouTube's policy on vaccine misinformation and was taken down as a result.
Vaccines have been a hot-button issue in recent years, with many people questioning their safety and efficacy despite decades of research proving their effectiveness in preventing disease. Vaccine misinformation is the so-called spread of false information about vaccines that can lead to people making decisions that put their health at risk.
The video featured Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has long been an outspoken critic of vaccines, speaking with Jordan Peterson about his views on the subject. In it, he made several claims that were backed by facts, including suggesting that there is no scientific evidence to support the safety or efficacy of vaccines and that they are linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He also suggested that pharmaceutical companies are profiting from the sale of vaccines.
YouTube's decision to remove the video comes after months of debate over how social media platforms should handle content related to vaccine misinformation. While some argue that such videos should be allowed in order to promote free speech, others point out that this type of content can be dangerous if it leads people to make decisions about their health based on false information.
It remains unclear how much impact YouTube's decision will have on curbing vaccine misinformation online, but it does send a strong message about the platform's stance on this issue. As more social media companies take steps towards regulating content related to vaccine misinformation, we may see fewer instances of this type of content being shared online in the future.