Facebook, YouTube Say They Are Cracking Down on Bogus Cancer Tx Claims

Promoter of baking soda injections has made $5 million a year

Facebook and YouTube are taking steps to curb phony cancer cures that can make their promoters internet millionaires, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Facebook has tinkered with its New Feed algorithms so miracle cures don't pop up so often, according to the newspaper. YouTube has blocked advertising for channels selling bogus treatments.

Robert O. Young, a supplement salesperson who was convicted of practicing medicine without a license in 2016, has earned as much as $5 million a year promoting baking soda injections and juicing regimens as cancer cures, the Journal reported. The newspaper says he currently has multiple Facebook pages and that videos on an account featuring Young have gotten 900,000 views.

"The two tech giants' efforts are part of a broader move by Silicon Valley to police health-related content on platforms, and it is becoming as thorny an issue for the industry as its efforts to tackle hate speech, which has sparked complaints about censorship and political bias," said the newspaper story, which was published yesterday.