One of several speculations surrounding COVID-19 blames the disease for the existence of 5G. YouTube, in an attempt to combat and eradicate false content and misinformation, will now limit videos that link the two situations.
The appearance of this new coronavirus has promoted several conspiracy theories, but many are beginning to fall apart.
One of the most popular conspiracy theories related to the coronavirus is the belief that it is a human creation.
This theory argues that the virus was created by China, in a laboratory, as a way to attack the rest of the world and, thus, make the Asian country the largest world power. However, recent research denies this speculation, as it finds that the virus mutation has a natural origin.
But many are those who try to combat all this misinformation, like Amazon, Facebook and also YouTube.
YouTube limits the range of videos connecting the 5G network to COVID-19
The video platform announced on Sunday, April 5, that it will start putting a brake on videos that promote conspiracy theories related to the coronavirus. The decision comes after 5G antennas were set on fire in the UK by supporters of this theory.
For this, YouTube will limit the reach of videos that link the COVID-19 disease to the 5G network. In practical terms, videos will no longer be shown in searches and still lose the right to have advertising, as a way to discourage users from publishing this type of content.
Conspiracy-related videos that are reported will be fined quickly and will still be labeled “boundary content”.
However, videos that violate YouTube policies and that make a direct association between COVID-19, will be deleted from the platform.
YouTube says that since February, thousands of videos with misinformation about the coronavirus have been removed.