US presidential election: YouTube will crack down on deceptive videos

The Californian company specifies that this policy is in line with the one it applied in the previous American elections.

YouTube will remove from Wednesday any content claiming that “massive fraud or errors” changed the outcome of the US presidential election on November 3, announced the video streaming giant.

Google, the parent company of the video-sharing platform, has also confirmed that it has ended a moratorium on political advertising put in place during the campaign in order to avoid overflows.

“If we no longer regard the post-election period as a sensitive event, we will continue to rigorously apply our advertising measures, which formally prohibit clearly erroneous information that could significantly undermine confidence in the elections or the democratic process” , Google told ..

A “problematic disinformation”

Also asked about his intention to extend or not his ban on political ads, still in force, the number one social network Facebook did not wish to react to .’s requests.

YouTube critics have long called for the company to stop hosting disinformation videos meant to undermine confidence in election results.

“Enough states have certified their election results to determine an elected president. For this reason, we will begin to remove any content posted today (or any time after) that misleads people into claiming that massive fraud or mistakes altered the outcome of the presidential election. American 2020, ”YouTube said in a blog post on Wednesday.

The Californian company specifies that this policy is in line with the one it applied in the previous American elections.

Videos claiming that a presidential candidate won thanks to “massive software bugs or counting errors” will be “withdrawn”, details the post.

“We will begin to apply this policy today, and we will intensify our efforts in the weeks to come”, continues the company, a subsidiary of Google since 2006.

“As always, journalistic coverage and (videos expressing) opinions on these topics can remain on our site if they contain sufficient educational, documentary, scientific or artistic context,” she says.

YouTube estimates that “problematic disinformation” represents less than 1% of what is seen on its platform in the United States, without giving precise figures.

The Supreme Court of the United States inflicted a stinging setback on Donald Trump on Tuesday, by refusing to take up an appeal by his allies to block the certification of the results of the presidential election in the state of Pennsylvania.

The Republican president still refuses, more than a month after the election, to concede his defeat to Democrat Joe Biden, presenting himself as a victim of “massive fraud” without presenting convincing evidence.

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