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YouTube Appears To Update Policy Banning Claims That Masks Don’t Stop The Spread Of COVID

YouTube appears to have amended its policies so that it is now acceptable to express skepticism about masks on its platform.

Journalist and podcaster Tim Pool posted before-and-after screenshots from YouTube’s misinformation policies to Twitter. The screenshots show that a rule that bans users from claiming that face masks do not play a role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 has been removed from the policies page. The amended rules come nearly a year after the platform suspended several high-profile conservative leaders with massive followings for violating the policy.

“Youtube updated its policies to no longer ban claims that masks do not play a role in preventing spread of COVID,” Pool captioned the photos. “Essentially, you are now allowed to claim masks don’t work.”

The screenshots are taken from Youtube’s “COVID-19 medical misinformation policy.” Under the headline “Prevention misinformation,” Youtube bans content on its platform that includes “[c]laims that masks do not play a role in preventing the contraction or transmission of COVID-19.” It also bans “[c]laims that wearing a mask is dangerous or causes negative physical health effects.” Pool’s second screenshot shows the same section, with both…

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