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YouTube’s 2020 Election Policy: You Can Say What You Wish, As Long As It’s What We Tell You

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YouTube's 2020 Election Policy: You Can Say What You Wish, As Long As It's What We Tell You

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On December 9th, YouTube issued a statement saying that it supported the 2020 U.S. Presidential election and what it would do in a more tangible approach.

Notably, YouTube will delete any content that alleges that the US 2020 election contained any form of fraud, or if US President Donald Trump didn’t actually win.

“Yesterday [December 8th, 2020] was the safe harbor deadline for the U.S. Presidential election and enough states have certified their election results to determine a President-elect. 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. 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.”

The information must come from “authoritative” news sources, all of them from MSM.

All information is also checked by “third party fact checkers” that also come from these same MSM outlets.

YouTube's 2020 Election Policy: You Can Say What You Wish, As Long As It's What We Tell You

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YouTube's 2020 Election Policy: You Can Say What You Wish, As Long As It's What We Tell You

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YouTube's 2020 Election Policy: You Can Say What You Wish, As Long As It's What We Tell You

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“Additionally, since Election Day, relevant fact check information panels, from third party fact checkers, were triggered over 200,000 times above relevant election-related search results, including for voter fraud narratives such as “Dominion voting machines” and “Michigan recount.”

Also, the algorithm is working as intended, recommending the “authoritative” news sources at least 14x more than those less fortunate outlets.

“Now let’s look at recommendations, one of the main ways our viewers find content. Limiting the reach of borderline content and prominently surfacing authoritative information are important ways we protect people from problematic content that doesn’t violate our Community Guidelines. Over 70% of recommendations on election-related topics came from authoritative news sources and the top recommended videos and channels for election-related content were primarily authoritative news. In fact, the top 10 authoritative news channels were recommended over 14X more than the top 10 non-authoritative channels on election-related content.”

Notably, without any evidence back in 2016 and onwards, reports from all sorts of media, not simply “authoritative” outlets, could claim the 2016 Presidential election was a fraud, that Russians meddled and more.

As soon as Trump lost the elections, it suddenly turned out that the election was fair and square, there were no issues and saying anything else would warrant a ban and censorship.

And, of course, this doesn’t show any political bias, but rather “objectivity”. After all, YouTube maintains that users can do and say whatever they wish, as long as it is what they’re told.

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