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On Dec. 9, YouTube will be removing and blocking content that contains any statements that allege election fraud or content that changes the outcome of a historical U.S. Presidential election.
“Our policies prohibit misleading viewers about where and how to vote. We also disallow content alleging widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of a historical U.S. Presidential election,” says YouTube.
Google which owns the video platform, said they are doing this as the ‘safe harbour’ deadline on Dec. 8 for the presidential election that had passed. YouTube claims enough states had certified their results for them to implement the new systems.
“Yesterday was the safe harbour deadline for the U.S. Presidential election, and enough states have certified their election results to determine a President-elect,” says YouTube.
The U.S. Elections are not over as there’s a large number of legal challenges that law firms are involved with. The Supreme Court has one legal case that is still outstanding, which could ultimately change the outcome of the election.
YouTube accordingly made no mention that on Dec. 14 Electoral College votes are yet to come.
“Given that, we will start removing any piece of content uploaded today (or anytime after) that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S,” says YouTube.
“For example, we will remove videos claiming that a presidential candidate won the election due to widespread software glitches or counting errors. We will begin enforcing this policy today and will ramp up in the weeks to come. As always, news coverage and commentary on these issues can remain on our site if there’s sufficient education, documentary, scientific, or artistic context.”
YouTube says they will ‘guide’ people to watch ‘authoritative information’ which would be provided by news outlets like CNN and CBS. These outlets have had minimal content regarding the election lawsuits that allege election fraud.
YouTube says that 88% of the videos in its main search results related to the elections were published. The company refers to this content published as ‘authorised news sources’.