YouTube to Crack Down Further on Election Fraud Content as Safe Harbor Deadline Passes

YouTube to Crack Down Further on Election Fraud Content as Safe Harbor Deadline Passes

YouTube will tighten its policy on misleading content related to the US presidential election after Tuesday’s Safe Harbor deadline and certification by enough states to determine that Joe Biden is, in fact, the president-elect.

Google’s own video site said in a blog post on Wednesday that it would remove any content attributable to widespread fraud or mistakes that altered the voting result. Examples are videos claiming that Biden emerged the winner due to widespread software problems or counting errors.

Since September, YouTube has shut down more than 8,000 channels and removed thousands of videos for violating its misinformation policy. Over 77% of these removed videos were removed before 100 views were reached.

YouTube added that third-party fact-checker bulletin boards added when searching for reports of electoral fraud such as “Dominion Voting Machines” or “Michigan Recount” have triggered more than 200,000 times since Election Day.

The website said that over 70% of its recommendations on election-related topics came from authoritative news sources, and the top ten authoritative news channels were recommended more than 14 times more than the top ten non-authoritative channels.

YouTube wrote: “While problematic misinformation is only a fraction of 1% of the information seen on YouTube in the US, we know we can reduce that number even further. We understand the need for thorough scrutiny of our electoral work. Our teams work hard to strike a balance between enabling a wide range of political speeches and making sure our platform is not used to cause harm in the real world or spread harmful misinformation. We welcome the ongoing debate and discussion and will continue to work with experts, researchers and organizations to ensure that our policies and products achieve this goal. And, as always, we will apply the lessons learned from these elections to our ongoing efforts to protect the integrity of elections around the world. “