On Wednesday, YouTube announced that it would begin removing any videos accusing widespread voter fraud of influencing the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election.
Immediately after the November 3 elections, YouTube came under fire for allowing the channel to publish videos making false claims about the election results. For example, One America News Network, a verified YouTube channel, published a video claiming that “Trump won.” At the time, YouTube defended its decision to let the video stand, saying in a statement, “Like other companies, we’re allowing these videos because discussion of election results & the process of counting votes is allowed on YouTube.”
The company went on to say that content from “authoritative news organizations” was “the most popular videos about the election.”
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In its blog on Wednesday, YouTube said its decision to start removing misleading election videos followed US safe harbor deadlines and that “enough states have certified their election results to determine a President-elect.” On Wednesday, YouTube will begin removing new content that misleads viewers about the 2020 election results.
YouTube announcement follows a series of lawsuits filed by Donald Trump’s campaign against the election results. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court rejected a request to block certification of Pennsylvania’s election results, making it nearly impossible for Republicans to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in court.
In the post, YouTube said its election information panel had spawned more than 200,000 election-related videos and viewed more than 4.5 billion times. The company said it would update this panel on Wednesday, linking to college election results given by the Federal Registry Office, which named Biden as the official elected president.