Tell Google, Facebook, and YouTube to Stop the Shadowbans!

YouTube's revised medical misinformation policy is preventing millions from accessing important, even life-saving, health information. This is because it now disallows content that isn't in line with the narrow, pro-drug views of major health authorities like the US National Institutes for Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Sign the petition now and become one of over 1 million free speech advocates that will help to force YouTube to amend its medical misinformation policy.

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Petition Text

We call on YouTube to revise its medical misinformation policy, which currently fails the public interest. We also urge transparency from corporations behind major social media platforms like Google, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, especially regarding content moderation policies and algorithms, including the use of shadowbans.

YouTube's policy restricts content on disease prevention or treatment not endorsed by national health authorities like the NIH and WHO. This limits the sharing of alternative health strategies such as ketogenic diets or intermittent fasting, despite their proven benefits for millions.

Selective content control by social media, often guided by AI, distorts information, favoring corporate and authoritarian interests over public health. Decisions made by hidden algorithms often suppress diverse scientific and medical views.

We therefore appeal to Alphabet Inc. to change YouTube’s Medical Misinformation Policy so that health information is not just limited to the narrow confines of what so-called “local authorities” and the WHO determine. We also appeal to all social media channels to be transparent over their content moderation policies and approaches.

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