YouTube has highlighted its commitment to selecting ads that promote anti-vax sentiments. (Photo11: Getty Images)

YouTube is making its way into the growing movement of technology giants to block the profitability of anti-vaccination efforts to prevent parents from immunizing their children.

As Measles outbreaks occur across the country, the video sharing site issued a statement in the United States today calling for harmful and dangerous anti-vaccination videos.

According to BuzzFeed News, a number of commercials for companies selling health-related articles have been placed in the YouTube system and allowed to be shown in videos on channels promoting anti-vax calendars.

One of the methods that allows channels to make money on YouTube is to run ads. Most of the time, advertisers pay for their ads to appear with certain types of videos and do not approve their channel-by-channel delivery. However, some types of videos, including the growing fear of childhood vaccinations, are not expected to be able to run advertisements (and thus earn money).

"We have strict rules for videos where we allow ad serving. promoting anti-vaccination content is and remains a violation of our long-standing harmful or dangerous advertising policy. We enforce these rules vigorously and if we find a video that violates them, we take immediate action and remove the ads, "YouTube said in a statement.

One of the videos allowed to run ads was "Mom's looking for vaccines, discovering the horrors of vaccination and disappearing without a vaccine," Buzzfeed said.

The ads were removed, but not before angered advertisers who did not know their ads were showing alongside anti-vaccination videos. One of them, a health technology company called Nomad Health, told BuzzFeed that she "would take steps to prevent this from happening in the future" .

Some parents choose not to vaccinate because of the discredited belief that vaccines are linked to autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that there was no such link and that the vaccines did not contain any ingredients that could cause autism.

Facebook's attack on "disinformation" anti-vax

Facebook plans to make anti-vaccination content on its site less visible during a measles outbreak. (Photo11: CHBD, Getty Images)

During the conversation, Facebook said this month that it was considering making the anti-vaccination content less visible on its platform.

The social site said it has "taken steps to reduce the spread of misinformation about health on Facebook, but we know we still have a lot to do."

Andy Stone, spokesman for Facebook, said in a statement that Facebook was working with experts "to make other changes that we will announce soon".

YouTube, which belongs to Google, has every reason to remain vigilant to control its content. Large companies, including AT & T; Disney; Nestle; and Epic Games, the publisher of Fortnite phenomenon video game, have withdrawn advertisements fearing that their ads would be shown on videos in which pedophiles made objectivizing comments about young children, mostly girls.

In a statement sent to the United States today, AT & T announced that it was withdrawing its advertising from YouTube until Google could protect its brand from any offensive content.

Ashley May and Mike Snider contributed to this report.

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