(OPINION) ETH – It appears that Churches, Ministries, and Ministers will now be placed in the spotlight at an even greater level. Buckle up because things are changing fast!
Google has recently updated its terms and policy violations to reveal that it will no longer allow prayer as a means of treatment for COVID-19. Under their terms and conditions it states:
“YouTube doesn’t allow content about COVID-19 that poses a serious risk of egregious harm. YouTube doesn’t allow content that spreads medical misinformation that contradicts local health authorities or the World Health Organization’s (WHO) medical information about COVID-19. This is limited to content that contradicts WHO or local health authorities’ guidance on:
- Social distancing and self-isolation guidelines
- The existence of COVID-19
Note: YouTube’s policies on COVID-19 are subject to change in response to changes to global or local health authorities’ guidance on the virus. This policy was published on May 20, 2020. When one scrolls down even further you will discover the next section that states: Don’t post content on YouTube if it includes any of the following:
- Content that encourages the use of home remedies, prayer, or rituals in place of medical treatment such as consulting a doctor or going to the hospital
- Content that claims that there’s a guaranteed cure for COVID-19
- Content that recommends the use of Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19
- Claims that Hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment for COVID-19
- Categorical claims that Ivermectin is an effective treatment for COVID-19
- Other content that discourages people from consulting a medical professional or seeking medical advice.