YouTube is claimed to be taking motion in opposition to misinformation in elections over a month later
The logo of the video sharing website YouTube will be displayed on a smartphone on November 19, 2018 in Berlin.
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Alphabet-owned YouTube announced Wednesday that more than a month after the polls are completed and Joe Biden has been named the planned winner, it will begin removing content that is falsely widespread fraud or bug in the Accuse connection with the 2020 presidential election.
YouTube was heavily criticized after the election as videos falsely claiming the election was a scam and other related topics were circulated on the platform. The company said it made the decision now based on the safe haven deadline for the elections and the fact that several states have already confirmed their results.
Meanwhile, since November 3, competing social networks Twitter and Facebook have been aggressively monitoring election-related posts, adding labels with actual results, and restricting their distribution.
“Yesterday was Safe Harbor for the US presidential election, and enough states have confirmed their election results to elect an elected president,” the company said in a blog post on Wednesday. “With that in mind, we will begin to remove any content uploaded today (or later) that is misleading people by claiming that widespread fraud or error will affect the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election, in line with our approach to historic US Presidential elections have changed. “”
For example, the company will remove videos claiming that President-elect Biden won because of widespread software problems or counting errors. However, the policy is likely to continue to leave videos uploaded in the past few weeks making false claims.
The move will likely affect the One America News Network, a right-wing organization loved by President Donald Trump and banned from posting on the platform. The organization has repeatedly uploaded unsubstantiated claims that Trump’s election was stolen.
YouTube has been repeatedly criticized for providing misinformation in elections on the platform, which take a more straightforward approach than its social media counterparts.
“We understand the need for careful scrutiny of our electoral work. Our teams are working hard to strike a balance between allowing a wide range of political speeches and making sure our platform is not misused to cause harm in the real world.” or widespread harmful misinformation, “the company said.
YouTube announced that more than 8,000 channels and thousands of videos have been shut down for violating existing guidelines since September.
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