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YouTube Will Remove All Videos Claiming Donald Trump Lost The Election Due To Fraud

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YouTube Will Remove All Videos Claiming Donald Trump Lost The Election Due To Fraud

YouTube is putting its proverbial foot down when it comes to US election fraud content.

Since November 3, social media sites have been awash with posts from people alleging there was fraud, vote rigging, errors, widespread cheating and more.

No one has been able to back up their allegations in verifiable fact and it has allowed a lot of misinformation to seep into the masses.

That's why YouTube is now banning all content that claims Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden in the 2020 ballot as a result of fraud or errors.

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In a blog post, the site said: "Our main goal going into the election season was to make sure we're connecting people with authoritative information, while also limiting the reach of misinformation and removing harmful content.

"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. However in some cases, that has meant allowing controversial views on the outcome or process of counting votes of a current election as election officials have worked to finalise counts.

"Yesterday was the safe harbor deadline for the U.S. Presidential election and enough states have certified their election results to determine a President-elect.

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"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. Presidential election, in line with our approach towards historical U.S. Presidential elections."

YouTube has noticed videos popping up that claim there were software glitches or counting errors that happened during the ballot.

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They will allow videos that are news coverage or commentary on the issue of election fraud, however it won't support people who will be outright claiming it happened.

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YouTube recognises that millions of people have flocked to the site to get their election coverage news over the past few weeks and months and it owes it to voters to provide factual information.

The blog post continued: "We understand the need for intense scrutiny on our elections-related work. Our teams work hard to ensure we are striking a balance between allowing for a broad range of political speech and making sure our platform isn't abused to incite real-world harm or broadly spread harmful misinformation.

"We welcome ongoing debate and discussion and will keep engaging with experts, researchers and organisations to ensure that our policies and products are meeting that goal.

"And as always, we'll apply learnings from this election to our ongoing efforts to protect the integrity of elections around the world."

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Topics: News, US Election, Technology, YouTube

Stewart Perrie
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