The 2020 US election happened to be one of the most groundbreaking elections in the history of time. Starting immediately, all videos claiming any kind of election fraud will be taken down, announced YouTube.
Few high profile videos and many other videos were allowed by YouTube to remain live on the site despite containing conspiracies regarding widespread fraud in the 2020 election and the platform has been criticised ever since. “Allowing these videos because discussion of election results & the process of counting votes is allowed on YouTube” was the statement made by YouTube.
Now that the “safe harbor deadline” has passed and enough US states have certified their election results, YouTube is justifying by stating all videos uploaded from this moment to going forward with the intention or attempt to mislead the public regarding the election results will be eliminated from the platform.
This policy will be enacted upon immediately, and YouTube will constantly work towards the extension of it in near future.
We also work to make sure that the line between what is removed and what is allowed is drawn in the right place. Our policies prohibit misleading viewers about where and how to vote. We also disallow content alleging widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of a historical US presidential election. However in some cases, that has meant allowing controversial views on the outcome or process of counting votes of a current election as election officials have worked to finalize counts.
Yesterday was the safe harbor deadline for the US 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 US presidential election, in line with our approach towards historical US 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.