Should vaccine misinformation be banned from social media?

Story by CBC Kids News • 2021-10-04 05:55

Answer this week’s question and read the responses from last week

Why or why not? Each week, we present you with a question based on a topic in the news, and showcase the best answers on our website the following week. Want your answer featured? Read carefully, think thoughtfully and write your best answer at the bottom of the article.

Last week we asked you to weigh in on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Keep scrolling to see if we included your response in the link at the bottom of this article.

This week we want to know what you think about vaccine misinformation on social media.

Keep reading for the backstory, and then respond below for your chance to have your answer featured.

The backstory

As of Sept. 29, YouTube says it is taking steps to block and remove all content that spreads misinformation and lies about vaccines against COVID-19 and other illnesses, such as measles, hepatitis and chickenpox.

Google, the company that owns YouTube, claims 130,000 videos have already been taken down, and it’s moving to do even more to combat the problem of misinformation around vaccines.

YouTube and other tech giants such as Facebook and Twitter have been criticized in the past for not doing enough to stop the spread of false health information on their sites.

Experts say removing this content is important for boosting COVID-19 vaccination numbers and preventing medical misinformation from spreading online.

But doing this opens technology companies up to criticism from people like conspiracy theorists who say they deserve a platform to share their opinions.

So, what do you think?

Before answering our weekly question, make sure to check out the video below to find out more about COVID-19 vaccine myths.

So, why or why not? You tell us

Tell us your answer below and then check back next week to see if your answer is featured and to read other people’s responses.

Read last week’s answers

Last week we explained reconciliation and asked kids their opinion about the holiday. 

Click here to read how some Canadian kids answered: Should the National Day for Truth of Reconciliation be a day off school?

With files from Peter Evans/CBC
TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Graphic design by Philip Street/CBC

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