Video streaming platform, YouTube, has deleted one million videos for dangerous COVID-19 misinformation.
The Google-owned company said the contents that were censored came under scrutiny since February 2020.
According to YouTube’s Chief Product Officer Neal Mahon, the contents were flagged as “bad content” for violating some of its community standard on misinformation.
Mahon shared the statistic in a blog post outlining how the company approaches misinformation on its platform.
He said: “Misinformation has moved from the marginal to the mainstream. No longer contained to the sealed-off worlds of Holocaust deniers or 9-11 truthers, it now stretches into every facet of society, sometimes tearing through communities with blistering speed.”
At the same time, the Youtube executive argued that “bad content” accounts for only a small percentage of YouTube content overall.
He said: “Bad content represents only a tiny percentage of the billions of videos on YouTube (about .16-.18% of total views turn out to be content that violates our policies).”