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

    Associate Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Megan Lamberth is an Associate Fellow for the Technology and National Security Program at CNAS. Her research focuses on U.S. strategy for emerging technologies and the key com...