According to a Friday statement from the video platform, which Google owns, YouTube will no longer remove false reports of widespread election fraud in the 2020 presidential race.
In a blog post, YouTube chose to strike a balance between two objectives: “protecting our community and providing a home for open discussion and debate.”
The decision, which was made before the 2024 election, reverses a measure put in place in December 2020 following President Joe Biden’s victory.
“Two years, tens of thousands of video removals, and one election cycle later, we recognized it was time to reevaluate the effects of this policy in today’s changed landscape,” YouTube stated. “In the current environment, we find that while removing this content does curb some misinformation, it could also have the unintended effect of curtailing political speech without meaningfully reducing the risk of violence or other real-world harm.”
On Friday, the new regulation will become effective.
In the 2020 elections, the company received criticism for taking too long to label and remove videos that displayed false information or made unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud.
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YouTube announced that it would start suspending channels that make false claims about widespread voter fraud after the Jan. 6, 2021, attἀck on the US Capitol.
As of March 2023, YouTube had already removed the limitations imposed on Trump’s account after the uprising on January 6.
Check out the tweet that was provided by NBC NEWS, which can be located further down on this page:
YouTube says it will stop removing false claims of widespread election fraud in the 2020 presidential race from its platform. https://t.co/9tgtLfFeCe
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 2, 2023
YouTube said some aspects of its anti-election-misinformation policy still apply, such as emphasizing reliable sources in search and recommendation results and forbidding posts that seek to confuse voters about where and how to cast their ballots.
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