Users who make videos of prayer for COVID healing could have their videos removed from YouTube under COVID “misinformation” rules.
The company already uses its own understanding to judge which content is safe and which content adheres to the doctrine of global public health officials, and it is now using these same standards to determine whether using prayer to support healing goes against the World Health Organization.
“Content that encourages the use of home remedies, prayer, or rituals in place of medical treatment such as consulting a doctor or going to the hospital,” is a form of content that YouTube will censor.
“The safety of our creators, viewers, and partners is our highest priority. We look to each of you to help us protect this unique and vibrant community. You must understand our Community Guidelines and the role they play in our shared responsibility to keep YouTube safe.”
According to the ever-evolving guidelines, “YouTube doesn't allow content about COVID-19 that poses a serious risk of egregious harm.”
The language of YouTube's policy is “unsettlingly” vague, Western Journal reported. “I mean, imagine I posted a video that encouraged my viewers, ‘Don't fear the virus that can destroy your body; fear the Lord, which can destroy your soul! Put your faith in him today!'” the report quipped.