Hey, let’s be real – YouTube is really about clicks. This is a problem for a lot of people (and, probably, the planet, too). The wrong information, repetition, or serendipity can result in more teenagers getting immunised than they otherwise would. No one is fooled into believing that all vaccine that gets shared on YouTube are negative, only that certain ones are. This is part of the reason why measles and mumps are still seriously infectious.
“There are countless inaccuracies and outright misinformation online about vaccines, but these videos uploaded to YouTube can be especially damaging and dangerous to our communities,” writes Susan Wojcicki, the company’s chief executive. “Vaccine misinformation has deadly consequences, so we’re taking additional steps to address it.”
To understand the proportionality of this, read what you can from Wikipedia, which is out for everybody and includes everything there is to know about diseases. Vaccination rates are still too low for us to win the global battle with the measles, which returned to Britain in the middle of last year. (Oh dear.) And vaccinations are still thought of as slightly impositions and slights by some people, even if that is a minority.
Google’s daughter, and its $95m stake in Facebook, has something to answer for. Their responsibility to us is not just from what is presented to us but, as to choose your own boss in the US, their responsibility to “fix” our government – the one who turned the country towards the means of disseminating propaganda and scare-mongering rather than informing. It is up to us to be vigilant and watchful. Better to check first.