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YouTube is banning prominent anti-vaccine activists and blocking all anti-vaccine content
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YouTube is banning prominent anti-vaccine activists and blocking all anti-vaccine content

YouTube is taking down several video channels associated with high-profile anti-vaccine activists including Joseph Mercola and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who experts say are partially responsible for helping seed the skepticism that's contributed to slowing vaccination rates across the country.As part of a new set of policies aimed at cutting down on anti-vaccine content on the Google-owned site, YouTube will ban any videos that claim that commonly used vaccines approved by health authorities are ineffective or dangerous. Mercola, an alternative medicine entrepreneur, and Kennedy, a lawyer and the son of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy who has been a face of the anti-vaccine movement for years, have both said in the past that they are not automatically against all vaccines, but believe information abou...
Cop Was Instructed to Use Music to Disrupt Filming
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Cop Was Instructed to Use Music to Disrupt Filming

A police officer in Illinois was instructed to use music to disrupt an activist filming him, according to an incident report obtained by Motherboard. From Beverly Hills to Illinois, law enforcement officers are using “copyright hacking” in an attempt to prevent activists from posting videos of encounters to the internet. Over the past few months, some police have loudly broadcast copyrighted music when confronted by cameras. The logic is that the music should trigger recognition software used by platforms, and either prevent videos from being broadcast live on Instagram and YouTube or lead to them being taken down. On February 25, an activist running the YouTube account Accountability Angel attempted to enter the LaSalle County Sheriff's off...
YouTube Bans All Anti-Vaccine Content
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YouTube Bans All Anti-Vaccine Content

YouTube is blocking all anti-vaccine content in a new attempt to stem the flow of ‘misinformation’, it announced in a blog post on Wednesday. The online video platform, which is owned by Google, said it is putting the ban in place after seeing false claims about the Covid-19 jab spread to misinformation about vaccines in general. The platform is also banning prominent anti-vaccine activists including Joseph Mercola’s channel and the Robert F. Kennedy Jr.-linked Children’s Defense Fund. NYPost reports: It is also targeting content that includes misinformation on the contents of approved vaccines. The new ban applies to all vaccines — not just those for COVID-19. Among the channels being removed under the new policy is Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Children’s Health Defense F...
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