YouTube eases up on COVID-19 misinformation censorship after local government backlash

After removing a dozen videos of city council and school board meetings that featured coronavirus vaccine misinformation, YouTube backpedaled last week and reinstated the videos after backlash from local officials.

YouTube took down at least a dozen videos posted by local government officials in multiple states in the past few weeks that featured misinformation, including claims that the coronavirus vaccine is killing people or that the virus isn’t a real problem, but reversed course and created an exception to its content moderation rules for local government meetings.

Local government officials in North Carolina, Washington state, and Kansas complained about YouTube’s censorship and the limiting of public access to government meetings
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