YouTube pulls coverage of Vancouver Public Schools board

Jul. 22—Video of final week’s Vancouver Public Schools board assembly was pulled by YouTube for violating its neighborhood requirements by spreading misinformation about COVID-19.

The recording, initially posted to the VPS Board of Directors’ YouTube web page, was eliminated by YouTube on July 17 — 4 days after the July 13 college board assembly was dominated by greater than an hour of public remark that includes 18 audio system.

Seventeen of the 18 spoke in-person, and plenty of feedback have been about masks in colleges, COVID-19 and important race idea. Among the misinformation shared have been claims that masks have been ineffective. Profanity by viewers members additionally was used on the assembly.

In its message to VPS, YouTube said: “YouTube doesn’t permit content material that unfold medical misinformation that contradicts the World Health Organization (WHO) or native well being authorities’ medical details about COVID-19, together with strategies to stop, deal with or diagnose COVID-19 and means of transmission of COVID-19.”

According to the district, that is its first violation of YouTube tips and insurance policies. A subsequent violation inside 90 days ends in a ban on importing content material for 14 days.

An edited recording was uploaded by the district Monday to the VPS Board of Directors’ YouTube web page. That video minimize out all public feedback and has not been eliminated by YouTube.

The college board realized of YouTube’s actions Monday, stated board chair Kyle Sproul. She referred to as the transfer unlucky, however added, “It remains to be a precedence of the board to publish video file of our board enterprise.”

The district started posting all recordings of board conferences to YouTube final summer time when conferences have been performed just about. Last week’s board assembly was held in-person with restricted attendance on the Bates Center for Educational Leadership and concurrently recorded reside through Zoom.

District spokeswoman Pat Nuzzo stated an audio recording of the July 13 board assembly — with public feedback included — will quickly be made out there.

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