YouTube stressed its commitment to culling ads that promote anti-wax sentiments. (Photo1

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YouTube is coming out swinging in the growing movement among techies to block the profitability of anti-vaccination, trying to sway parents against immunizing their children.

Just like measles outbreaks are occurring across the country, the video-sharing site issued a statement to USA TODAY calling anti-vaccination videos harmful and dangerous.

Recently, a number of ads for companies selling health-related items slipped through YouTube's system and were allowed to play during videos on channels that promote anti-wax agendas, according to BuzzFeed News.

One way channels make money on YouTube is showing ads. Most of the time, advertisers pay for their ads to certain types of videos and don't approve where they run on a channel-by-channel basis. But certain types of videos, including spreading fear of childhood immunizations, are not supposed to be available for show ads (and thus make money).

"We have strict policies that govern what videos allow ads to appear on, and videos that promote anti-vaccination content have been and remain in violation of our long-standing harmful or dangerous advertising policy . We enforce these policies vigorously, and if we find a video that violates them we immediately take action and remove ads, "YouTube said in a statement.

One of the videos that was allowed to show ads was "Buzzfeed reported," Mom Researches Vaccines, Discovers Vaccination Horrors and Goes Vaccine Free.

Ads were removed, but not before posting advertisers who were unaware of their anti-vaccination videos. One included a health tech company called Nomad Health that duty BuzzFeed it would "take action to prevent it from happening in the future."

Some parents do not have to vaccinate because of the discredited belief that vaccines are linked to autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that there is no such link and that there are ingredients in vaccines that can cause autism.

Facebook takes on anti-wax 'misinformation'

Facebook is considering making anti-vaccination content on its site less visible amid a measles outbreak. (Photo11: CHBD, Getty Images)

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

The social site said it has taken steps to reduce the distribution of health-related misinformation on Facebook, but we know we have more to do. "Facebook said it is working with experts" on additional changes that we 'll be announcing soon, "Andy Stone, a spokesman for Facebook, said in a statement.

YouTube, which is owned by Google, has every reason to remain vigilant in policing its content. Big-name companies, including AT&T; Disney; Nestle; and Epic Games, the publisher of phenomenon video game Fortnite, have pulled advertisements about their ads were running on videos in which pedophiles were making objections comments about young children, primarily girls.

AT&T said in a statement it sent to USA TODAY on Monday that it was removed from YouTube until Google could protect its brand from offensive content or any kind.

Ashley May and Mike Snider contributed to this report.

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