Earlier this year, YouTube started adding videos and searches about COVID-19Now, as work on the covid-19 vaccine begins to show early results, the company is adjusting this panel to also link to information about vaccination.
In the fight against online error messages, this is a small change, and for vaccine-related videos, the panel now prompts the audience
With the progress of covid-19 vaccine work of many pharmaceutical manufacturers, it can be guaranteed that anti vaccine conspiracy theorists will try to stop people from getting vaccinated - a trend that will directly damage public health and prolong the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic. YouTube will undoubtedly become the main carrier of such misinformation, giving conspiracy theorists easy access to the audience.
However, the Google company has not recently inspired confidence in its ability to deal with misinformation. For example, it refused to take off the shelves to disseminate fake videos about the results of the US election, in stark contrast to the actions of Twitter and Facebook, which have been more active in tagging and erasing false claims. Once the anti vaccine campaign starts any viable covid-19 vaccine, the tiny information boxes in the conspiracy theory video will be easily ignored.