YouTube to provide more context on videos about mail-in ballots

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YouTube will start revealing text and links from verified sources beneath videos which share mail-in ballots as part of its efforts to curb misinformation on the platform before the US presidential election in November.

An information panel will be shown in addition to search results for questions related to voter registration which will redirect users to pertinent information on the topic, YouTube said.

YouTube now shows information panels for subjects, such as COVID-19 and moon landing.

US President Donald Trump has claimed without proof that voting by email, which can be expected to increase dramatically this fall on account of the coronavirus epidemic, is susceptible to large-scale fraud.

Voting by mail isn’t fresh in the United States, nearly one in four voters cast 2016 presidential ballots that way.

YouTube also said hunts for 2020 presidential or national congressional candidates would now show an information panel with information about the candidates.

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In response, the platforms have dropped back on attempts to curb bogus news and misinformation from the run-up to elections.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru. Editing by Shinjini Ganguli and Anil D’Silva.

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