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On Friday YouTube announced it was removing ads from running on some anti-vaccine videos, claiming that the videos violated its policies against “harmful or dangerous” acts. And you can thank BuzzFeed News for this because they brought the videos in question to YouTube’s attention. (According to BuzzFeed, some advertisers “objected to their products being associated with vaccine opponents.”1)
YouTube’s current policies prohibit ads from appearing on videos that promote “anti-vaccination content,” (this means the video makers make no money off of them the way other YouTube video creators share in ad revenue) but YouTubers who are pro-science and medical freedom- like us- can still generate revenue via merchandise promoted on the platform or if they solicit donations. Something I have NEVER DONE. I’ve even turned down huge amounts of money in funding. I bankrolled my own site without a dime from anyone.
In a statement, YouTube said,
“We have strict policies that govern what videos we allow ads to appear on, and videos that promote anti-vaccination content are a violation of those policies. We enforce these policies vigorously, and if we find a video that violates them we immediately take action and remove ads.”1