April 03, 2020

YouTube profits from videos promoting unproven Covid-19 treatments

Featuring Megan Lamberth

Source: The Guardian

Journalist Kari Paul

YouTube is profiting from videos promoting unproven coronavirus treatments, a new report has found, as the company struggles to crack down on misinformation.

The Google-owned tech company is running advertisements with videos pushing herbs, meditative music, and potentially unsafe over-the-counter supplements as cures for Covid-19, according to a report published on Friday by the Tech Transparency Project, a not-for-profit watchdog organization.

The report found at least seven videos hawking such dubious treatments with advertisements from sponsors including Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, Facebook, Liberty Mutual Insurance, the streaming startup Quibi, and Masterclass.com.

Read the full article and more in The Guardian.

Authors

  • Megan Lamberth

    Research Assistant, Technology and National Security Program

    Megan Lamberth is a Research Assistant for the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Prior to joining CNAS, Megan was a Br...