YouTube’s information panels have been triggered more than 200,000 times since Election Day

By David Cohen

32 mins ago

YouTube will further tighten its policies on misleading content related to the U.S. presidential election following the passing of the safe harbor deadline Tuesday and the certification by enough states to determine that Joe Biden is, in fact, the president-elect.

The Google-owned video site said in a blog post Wednesday that any content alleging widespread fraud or errors that altered the outcome of the vote will be removed, offering as examples videos claiming that Biden emerged victorious due to widespread software glitches or counting errors.

Since September, YouTube has terminated more than 8,000 channels and removed thousands of videos for violating its policies on misinformation, with over 77% of those removed videos taken down before reaching 100 views.

YouTube added that the information panels from third-party fact-checkers that it added when people search for voter fraud narratives such as “Dominion voting machines” or “Michigan recount” have been triggered more than 200,000 times since Election Day.

The site said over 70% of its recommendations on election-related topics came from authoritative news sources, and the top 10 authoritative news channels were recommended over 14 times more than the top 10 non-authoritative channels.

YouTube wrote, “While problematic misinformation represents a fraction of 1% of what’s watched on YouTube in the U.S., we know that we can bring that number down even more … We understand the need for intense scrutiny on our elections-related work. Our teams work hard to ensure that 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 organizations 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.”