Google announced that those who are skeptical of climate change being man-made will lose their income on the platform.
YouTube owner Google announced a new policy this week, where YouTube creators, publishers, and advertisers will be demonetized for content contradicting “well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change.”
“This includes content referring to climate change as a scam or hoax, claims denying that long-term trends show the global climate is warming and claims denying that greenhouse gas emissions or human activity contribute to climate change.”
Apparently, Google made the decision to ban climate change deniers from making money on its platforms following complaints from advertisers and other content creators.
“Advertisers simply do not want their ads to appear next to this content,” the company said. “And publishers and creators do not want ads promoting these claims to appear on their pages or videos.”
The company added that its employees “will look carefully at the context in which the claims are made, differentiating between content that states a false claim as a fact, versus content that reports on or discusses that claim.”
Google consulted the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment reports while creating the policy, which will take effect next month.
The new policy was criticized in many circles, with critics noting it was more censorship from Big Tech and that Google is trying to stifle debate.