YouTube was right to ban all anti-vax content, according to an opinion piece in The Star. During a pandemic that is ravaging the whole planet, it is important to stop dangerous misinformation. Social media companies have a responsibility to protect the general public from these kinds of lies. Even before Covid, anti-vax ideals put children in danger due to their parents' unscientific beliefs. There is a clear medical consensus around vaccines. Their use and benefits have been proven again and again. As a private company, Google has the right to uphold the truth around crucial medical information. Complaints about censorship are deeply misguided here.
YouTube banning all videos that promote anti-vax ideas sets a dangerous precedent, according to Michael Brown of Townhall. This decision undermines the open discussion of a crucial and highly complicated matter. There is some legitimate criticism of the way Covid vaccines were implemented that merit being heard. A platform as big as YouTube making this decision is not good for freedom of expression. This poses the question of what other kinds of content it can decide to ban. YouTube is full of videos that are arguably wrong about topics, such as UFOs or the Bible, but they rightly don't get banned. It is important for society to be able to discuss these topics freely.