YouTube will control drawing inaccurate assertions regarding 2020 election fraud

June 5, 2023: Google-owned YouTube will draw inaccurate assertions of general election fraud in the presidential race of 2020, the video platform announced on Friday.

In a blog post, YouTube said it decided to balance its twin goals of “protecting our society and providing a home for open discussion and debate.” The decision ahead of the 2024 midterm races undoes a policy executed in December 2020 after President Joe Biden won the election.

“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 wrote.

“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.”

The new law will go into begin on Friday, June 2.

In the 2020 elections, the company faced backlash for delayed action regarding labeling and removing videos that showed misinformation or falsely claimed overall voter fraud. After the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, YouTube said it would begin suspending channels that make false claims about widespread voter fraud.

As of March 2023, YouTube lifted constraints on Trump’s statement following the Jan. 6 insurrection.

YouTube said aspects of its election misinformation policy stay, including highlighting traditional sources in search and offers and banning posts that aim to mislead voters on where and how to vote.

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