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YouTube to temporarily ban accounts from posting election fraud videos

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After white nationalist rioters descended on the U.S. Capitol yesterday, YouTube deleted a video in which President Trump expressed support for criminal behavior and lied about winning the 2020 presidential election. Today, YouTube continues its efforts to tackle disinformation in light of the chaos by announcing that any channel broadcasting videos disseminating false information about the election will immediately receive a “strike”. A first attempt against a channel effectively blocks it from YouTube for a week, preventing it from downloading any videos, stories or live events.

Usually YouTube gives a warning to first-time offenders, but this practice has been suspended in light of yesterday’s events. In December, the video platform announced it would remove videos alleging “fraud or widespread error” around the 2020 election, and the company says it has already removed thousands of videos for violation of this policy. As it typically does with policy changes, YouTube had a built-in grace period where content that broke the rules was removed without warning. this grace period was to end on the day of the inauguration, January 20. However, YouTube has made the decision to move this date until today.



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