Yesterday, I received an email from YouTube that a video I had posted ages ago had been removed for "medical misinformation." The Video was Del Bigtree's Heroes video from The Highwire. Medical Misinformation is the PR flak buzzcode that was distributed across social media platforms, broadcasters and newspapers. Call anything "unapproved" "misinformation. Heck, even old Howard Stern used it on his Sirius XM screen description a few weeks ago. That's when the light dawned on me - "this is a campaign word." Howard would be more likely to call it nonsense, not misinformation. You want to talk about misinformation, YouTube? How about taking down every Botox'ed, false eyelash, hair, tattooed eyebrow, Spanx-shrunk, implanted celebrity's YouTube video for physical misinformation? Here's what the YouTube email said:
Hi Kim (Old name I no longer use), We wanted to let you know our team reviewed your content, and we think it violates our medical misinformation policy. We know you may not have realized this was a violation of our policies, so we're not applying a strike to your channel.
However, we have removed the following content from YouTube: Video: Del Bigtree Speech HEROES
We realize this may be disappointing news, but it's our job to make sure that YouTube is a safe place for all. If you think we've made a mistake, you can appeal this decision - you'll find more details below.
What our policy says YouTube doesn’t allow content that poses a serious risk of egregious harm by spreading medical misinformation about currently administered vaccines that are approved and confirmed to be safe and effective by local health authorities and by the World Health Organization (WHO).
What you can do next
We want to help you keep your content on YouTube, so please: Review YouTube's Community Guidelines. Double check how your content may have violated our guidelines. Appeal here if you think we've made a mistake. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to us here.
Sincerely, The YouTube Team