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August 27, 2021

Around the nation: YouTube nixes more than 1M videos containing Covid-19 misinformation

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    YouTube reported that it has removed more than one million videos containing Covid-19 misinformation, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, the District of Columbia, and Texas.

    • California: YouTube on Wednesday said it has removed more than one million videos containing "dangerous coronavirus information" since February 2020. According to the company, the removed videos included false claims about the pandemic, including unverified cures or claims that the virus was a hoax. In a blog post, Neal Mohan, YouTube's chief product officer, said it is company policy to remove "any videos that can directly lead to egregious real-world harm." According to The Hill, YouTube relies on information from CDC and the World Health Organization to determine whether videos have made false claims about Covid-19. (Klar, The Hill, 8/25)
    • District of Columbia: The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden's administration evictions moratorium in a 6-3 ruling, Axios reports. In a majority opinion, the court said CDC had exceeded its authority by extending the moratorium, which had originally expired July 31, through Oct. 3. According to the New York Times, the decision puts hundreds of thousands of people at risk of being evicted as the administration struggles to disburse billions in federal aid to tenants. By the end of July, only around $5.1 billion of $46.5 billion in available aid had been disbursed, according to figures released Wednesday. "The Biden administration is disappointed that the Supreme Court has blocked the most recent CDC eviction moratorium while confirmed cases of the Delta variant are significant across the country," Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said. "As a result of this ruling, families will face the painful impact of evictions, and communities across the country will face greater risk of exposure to Covid-19." (Chen, Axios, 8/26; Liptak/Thrush, New York Times, 8/27)
    • Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Wednesday issued an executive order banning government entities from mandating Covid-19 vaccines in the state, Axios reports. In a statement, Abbott said, "Vaccine requirements and exemptions have historically been determined by the legislature, and their involvement is particularly important to avoid a patchwork of vaccine mandates across Texas." However, the order includes exceptions for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to Politico. Previously, Abbott issued executive orders banning both vaccine passports and mask mandates within the state. (Falconer, Axios, 8/25; Ward, Politico, 8/25)

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