YouTube has long been accused of not doing enough about election misinformation. In the days following November 3, the platform refused to remove videos that falsely proclaimed Donald Trump won the election. The service changed its moderation policy last December.
Since then, all content alleging massive fraud or errors that compromised the presidential election has been removed. The platform believed that enough states had confirmed their findings to determine the president-elect. YouTube just announced a new surge in the fight against false news.
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1. Due to the disturbing events that happened yesterday and the election results have now been confirmed, starting today * all * channels that post new videos with false claims that violate our guidelines will be on strike. https://t.co/aq3AVugzL7
– YouTubeInsider (@YouTubeInsider) January 7, 2021
As a result, all channels that post “false statements” about the US presidential election in November will be temporarily banned for a week and will no longer be able to post videos. If the offense is repeated within 90 days, the penalty increases to two weeks. During the third overflow, the account will then be permanently deleted.
Note that this change was actually scheduled for January 21st when Joe Biden took office. Apart from the fact that the forced entry into the Capitol caused the platform to anticipate this development. The service is said to have deleted since December ” Thousands of videos spread disinformation “This is particularly the case with a video that Donald Trump posted on his channel on Wednesday.
It remains to be seen how users will react to this new device. For example, we know that some supporters of the outgoing president have given themselves the floor to join the Rumble platform, a Canadian website known to be very open about freedom of expression. It is also very beneficial for content creators who, in addition to traditional remuneration, have a bonus system for videos that are prominently placed on the homepage.