YouTube’s policy communications officer, Farshad Shadloo, said the site removed “several” videos from the channels after BuzzFeed made contact. Shadloo also defended the company’s record, saying YouTube shot “thousands” of election disinformation videos.
The Internet video giant has still tight on bogus electoral demands in the wake of the Capitol raid, promising to immediately give the channels strikes (and therefore temporary or even permanent bans) if they release new disinformation videos.
However, the discovery suggests that YouTube had at least a few holes in its process. A large network of channels continued to spread false claims for two months – this represents a lot of potential damage, especially from operators who keep their true origins a secret. While it can be difficult to counteract misinformation completely, it’s clear that there is room for improvement.