Rep. Kathy Castor, a Florida democrat and chair of the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday. It urges the company to no longer advertise and monetize these videos and to label climate error information as borderline information, much like the platform dealt with.
She asked Google to respond to her letter by February 7.
"YouTube has driven millions of viewers to climate misinformation videos every day, a shocking revelation that goes against Google's important missions and advertising missions to combat climate change," Castor said in the letter. "In the past, YouTube has proactively responded to the threats posed by malicious misinformation on its platform. For example, last year YouTube removed the economic incentives for channels that violate YouTube’s rules against monetizing videos with & # 39; dangerous and harmful & # 39; content. "
The Castor Reference comes from Avaaz, a non-profit organization that deals with the topic on various topics, including climate change. Published on January 17. Why is YouTube sending climate error information to millions? According to YouTube, "millions of users are actively sensitized to climate misinformation". Videos rejecting climate change show ads from several well-known brands, including organizations like Greenpeace International, WWF and Save the Children.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.