YouTube told Engadget it will rely on its news boards to challenge claims about content posted before December 9. In its blog post detailing the latest measures, YouTube said it was already banning content alleging widespread fraud in previous US presidential elections and allowing “controversial views” on the vote count while the count was still pending. .
The company further claimed that its efforts to fight disinformation during the election were effective. It has banned more than 8,000 channels and “thousands” of videos for “harmful and misleading” claims since September, with more than 77% of videos shot before they have 100 views. Fact-checking panels have been activated more than 200,000 times since the November 3 election, YouTube added.
The policy will not please those who insist the election was fraudulent. President Trump in particular is known for retaliation against internet giants this fact verifies his assertions, including the election results. However, YouTube clearly thinks it has a strong defense – it points to official information it doesn’t expect to change by the time of the January 20 inauguration.