YouTube has said it would begin removing content that falsely allege widespread fraud changed the outcome of the US presidential election, at an alteration to its hands-off stance on videos making similar claims.
The upgrade, which applies to content uploaded from Wednesday, comes a day following “safe harbor”, a deadline set by US law for states to re-evaluate the results of the presidential elections.
YouTube said it would begin enforcing the policy in line with its approach towards historical US elections.
Online platforms are under pressure to police both misinformation and valid concerns about the election on their sites.
YouTube, possessed by Alphabet Inc’s Google, was widely seen as carrying a more rigorous approach than Facebook and Twitter, which started labelling content together with election misinformation.
After the November election, journalists at our partner news agency Reuters identified many YouTube channels making money from ads and memberships that were amplifying debunked accusations about voting fraud.
Last month, a group of Democratic senators requested YouTube to devote to removing content containing false or misleading information regarding the 2020 election result and the upcoming Senate run-off elections in Georgia.
YouTube stated in a blog article on Wednesday that since September it had removed over 8,000 channels and tens of thousands of misleading election-related videos for breaking up its existing policies.
The business said over 70% of recommendations on election-related topics came from authoritative information sources.
YouTube also stated that because Election Day, fact-check information panels had been triggered over 200,000 occasions on election-related lookup success.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford and Ayanti Bera. Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Sriraj Kalluvila.
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