Since we at the BSA have been cracking down on those misleading stammering
treatment claims, featured in advertisements, mainly on Google, a lot of
these snake oil salesmen have migrated to YouTube, whey they seem to be
allowed to make all sorts of claims, and no one is doing anything about it.
So, as a part of our International Stuttering Awareness Day celebrations, we
are encouraging our members to take action. But, even if you are not a
member of the BSA (yet), you can still join in.
Examples of these misleading videos come up if you search on YouTube for
phrases such as ‘stammering cure’ or ‘stuttering cure’.
To help YouTube understand that videos advertising a stammering cure should
be taken down, click the ‘Flag’ link below the relevant video. When you
click the link you get a drop down menu. The most appropriate flagging
option is usually ‘Spam’, then choose the ‘scams/fraud’ option. Use this
when, for example, the video is a blatant ad for a treatment for which there
is no supporting data.
Alternatively – or even additionally – you could post a comment on videos
making doubtful claims, by simply saying, for example: “This claim is
misleading. There is no instant cure for stammering.”
You might also come across videos which show the, er, ‘mickey’ is being
taken out of someone who stammers. In these cases you might want to flag
them as ‘Hateful or Abusive Content’ – ‘bullying’.
For more information, see http://www.stammeri ng.org/adverts. html And happy