As Singapore’s Covid-19 situation remains precarious, the authorities rely on vaccination to keep it under control.
However, it seems there still are people who aren’t entirely convinced.
One YouTube channel, in particular, has been posting misleading vaccine information, warned the Ministry of Health (MOH).
It advised the public to refer to credible sources for such info.
She describes herself on the channel as a musician/songwriter/music director from Singapore.
MOH noted that the channel has a history of posting and sharing content that perpetuates falsehoods.
It also posted misleading information about Covid-19, as well as vaccines, the ministry added.
Besides that, Ms Koh has also established a group named “Healing The Divide”. These words feature prominently on the banner image of her YouTube channel.
The group adopts an “anti-vaccination stance”, the ministry said.
But MOH said the group claims to warn people about the dangers of vaccination.
MOH said that the government takes a serious view of anybody who deliberately spreads falsehoods and misinformation about Covid-19 and vaccines.
Thus, they won’t hesitate to take action against these people.
That’s because they’re putting public health and well-being at risk by doing so, the ministry added.
According to MOH, YouTube has already removed content from Ms Koh’s channel—and not for the first time.
2 of the videos removed are titled:
Apparently, they violated YouTube’s community guidelines, outlined under the website’s Covid-19 medical misinformation policy.
Among other things, the policy says that YouTube doesn’t allow content that contradicts Covid-19 info from local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO).
They’ll also clamp down on Covid-19 content that “poses a serious risk of egregious harm”.
Besides YouTube, Facebook has previously taken action on Ms Koh, suspending her account more than once, MOH said.
She was also said to have violated their community guidelines.
MOH advised the public to refer to credible sources for their Covid-19 info.
The ministry also urged people to avoid speculation and refrain from spreading misinformation that may lead to public alarm.
Understandably, some people may have questions over how we’re handling the pandemic and misgivings about vaccines.
However, we should always make sure the info we receive is from reliable sources.
If in doubt, do check with your doctor.
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Featured images adapted from YouTube.
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