YouTube’s lax rules are letting election lies spread

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For users who came across their manner onto One American Information Community (OANN)’s YouTube channel over a previous couple of days, it may be simple to assume President Trump received the 2020 election.

Videos titled “Trump won. Dems try to pull a fast one” and “Trump Won. MSM hopes you don’t believe your eyes,” started appearing on OANN’s YouTube channel on November 4th — one day after people cast their votes in the federal election. The videos are completely full of lies based on people’s fears that would trigger moderation on another network. “It seems that Trump won by such a large margin, now they’re actually pumping out illegal ballots into the battleground states to actually beat him.”

They assume that they can add 100,000 votes that no one gets to see or review, and all 100,000 votes are for Joe Biden and that Republicans will just accept those votes as fact? They think they can just play Republicans.

“Joe Biden didn’t campaign much — he’s senile, and is expected to be removed from office if elected.”

Even after high-profile protection of the videos demonstrably false claims, YouTube has determined to go away the movies dwell OANN has become a base for Trump-focused misinformation on YouTube, but the problem Bigger than a single video or a single channel, it is a network-wide issue. That stand has served YouTube well for years, but it’s become a liability in the face of the Trump campaign’s ongoing scramble to delegitimize the results of the 2020 election. As Facebook and Twitter have become over their moderation rules and supercharge enforcement, YouTube is still struggling with how to respond to misinformation around the election.

It’s not just OANN using YouTube to spread misinformation, either. Steven Crowder, a controversial right-wing pundit who lost his ability to monetize his channel for more than a year after he incited harassment against another YouTube creator, spread misinformation about ballot-counting during one of his livestreams.

Throughout the livestream, which resulted in hundreds of thousands of views, Crowder and his fellow hosts talked about suspicious-looking exercise outdoors of a polling heart in Detroit. Crowder stated, “You wouldn’t have the ability to believe it as a result of some ballots may fly off the again.”

Angelo Carusone, president of Media Issues for America, a watchdog group that has been reporting on YouTube’s misinformation struggles said, “YouTube’s officer ready for Election Day, were not prepared for what happened hereafter.”

YouTube has challenged criticism for its lax insurance policies up to now — however by no means throughout such a high-stakes political disaster.


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