The research team from Canada found that videos with “false or inaccurate information” have been viewed more than 62 million times.
According to statistics released from BMJ Global Health on May 14, only counting the most viewed videos on Youtube with corona-related content, one quarter of these videos contain “false information or incorrect”.
A research team from the University of Ottawa Canada used data from 150 videos with the highest number of viewers on Youtube on March 21, when searching for keywords “coronavirus” and “Covid-19”.
The results showed that 27.5% of the videos contained inaccurate information, which has been viewed more than 62 million times.
Most of the misinformation is often related to the speed of virus spread, symptoms, prevention methods and treatments. In particular, many videos deliberately put information about the pharmaceutical company that had a vaccine but refused to sell it to the public.
The researchers said that the content of government agencies, health professionals “is of good quality, accurate information”. However, these videos are often viewed less because the information is confusing and less attractive than the entertainment content of “stars” on the Internet and Youtuber.
When the Covid-19 outbreak broke out, YouTube made a commitment to deliver timely and useful information to viewers. Youtube has also confirmed that it will enhance the appearance of mainstream content channels such as the National Health Service (NHS) or information from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Regarding the status of fake news, Youtube said there were clear rules to prohibit content related to non-medical facilities. For potentially misleading information, YouTube will take measures to limit the appearance.
At present, content that disagrees with NHS and WHO about the existence and mode of infection of Covid-19, is considered a violation of Youtube policy.
“We will continue to evaluate the impact of unofficial news videos on communities around the world,” the YouTube representative added.