YouTube prevents anti-vaccination channels from running ads

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In the growing effort to curb anti-vaccination content, YouTube is shutting down advertising on channels focused on offering such content, according to news first reported by Buzzfeed News.

The online platform is preventing ads from running on videos and channels that promote anti-vaccination content per its policies "that govern what videos we allow ads to appear on, and videos that promote anti-vaccination content are a violation of those policies," according to a statement from the company obtained by Buzzfeed News.

Additionally, the company has incorporated an information panel that links to a Wikipedia page about "vaccine hesitancy." These panels now appear on a large number of videos and channels displaying anti-vaccination content.

Other technology companies are also cracking down on anti-vaccination content, including Facebook, Google and Pinterest.

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