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YouTube will start suspending channels for videos that claim election fraud

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What you need to know

  • YouTube has announced more stringent actions against accounts that violate its policies.
  • Accounts that receive a strike will be temporarily banned.
  • The move comes just a day after the U.S. Capitol was stormed by pro-Trump rioters.

YouTube is putting its foot down when it comes to accounts that are spreading false claims about the election. The company was one of several social media sites to remove Trump's video addressing the rioters at the U.S. Capitol. Now YouTube is announcing stricter repercussions to channels that violate its policies and promote misinformation about the election in their videos.

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Channels that receive a strike will be temporarily suspended. Repeat violations within a 90-day period will result in a permanent ban from YouTube, regardless of the channel. YouTube highlights that it has already taken down thousands of videos from various channels, including some uploaded by Donald Trump, for spreading false claims and misinformation about the U.S. election.

YouTube is not the only site to change its policies in the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol riots. Facebook also announced that it was changing its policies around content moderation, using AI to demote certain content and "automatically disabling comments on posts in Groups that start to have a high rate of hate speech or content that incites violence". And while Twitter placed a temporary lock on Trump's account, Facebook took it a step further and suspended his account "indefinitely".

Admittedly, many users would not take lightly this decision to impose stricter moderation policies, and the move could force users off youtube and onto other streaming services for content.

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35 Comments
  • More censorship. Nothing new.
  • It's their platform. No one has a right to post anything there especially fake conspiracy crap. There was no election fraud anywhere near the scale the nut jobs were claiming.
  • Lol, and the videos on Trump conspiring with Russia thanks to Hildebeast..Guess liberals can post whatever..
  • Once you become the public square what they can do changes. The problem is no one wants to take them on. I wonder why?
  • It's their platform? That's such an outdated way of thinking. These "platforms" facilitate communication more than phone companies. Would you support Verizon banning all conservative voices using their service?
  • Again, read the terms of service. It's right there.
  • Oh don't worry. The Qnuts will still be able to go to Parler for their fake news.
  • Too little, too late.
  • Uh, free speech is just so irritating! Luckily, we have the amazing geniuses at YouTube/Google to protect us!
  • Why stop there? Take down all those bigfoot and mermaid videos. And those ones claiming we didn't go to the moon. Those need to go too.
  • Because narrative. That other stuff is just distraction.
  • When was the last time believing in Bigfoot resulted in anyone being murdered? People get very passionate over the idea that the moon landings were faked, but I can't remember any of them attempting a coup over it...
  • We'll never know because bigfoot disposes of the bodies. They just go "missing".
  • These actions by YouTube and other social platforms are totally against freedom of speech. And they should be held accountable for that. People in the US are under a controlled regime by the liberals.
  • Kind of irrelevant. Everybody pretty much knows about the election fraud by now. For everyone who is a glutton for old news, there are several viable alternatives to youtube now.
  • In other words... Facebook reserves the right to censor your "free speech".
  • It's so strange how I,a Britton, seem to have a much better grasp of how American free speech works than so many of the yanks who scream about it. And when did Facebook acquire YouTube from Google...
  • Is the UK accepting US refuges? Lol
  • Yeah. This censorship will join a long line of items including censoring the truth about scumbag Hunter Biden and his daddy
  • Facebook is just a division of the Democratic Party
  • Seriously, though. Do people think Facebook own YouTube, or am I reading a different article?
  • It seems that you haven't read the entire article: "YouTube is not the only site to change its policies in the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol riots. Facebook also announced that it was changing its policies around content moderation, using AI to demote certain content and "automatically disabling comments on posts in Groups that start to have a high rate of hate speech or content that incites violence". And while Twitter placed a temporary lock on Trump's account, Facebook took it a step further and suspended his account "indefinitely". "
  • I didn't realize that there are that many stupid people in the US. Used to a country you looked up to , but not anymore thanks to the fckn media, the brain dead fools and demorats. No more.
  • The mass media has gotten so bold, you can actually watch the populace herding as it takes place.
  • Now it's time for us (we the people!) to ban YouTube for violation of the first amendment!
  • You don't understand the first amendment, please read it.
  • Good, it's about time.
  • Im going to start trying alternative to the mainstream media sites. Parler isnt bad so far. I just demonetized facebook as much as possible by removing every single personal identifiable thing from it, pictures and all. I now only use it to share other posts or link articles. I went into privacy settings and made it as strict as they will allow. I dont use the app anymore and only use the website on my phone. For Youtube I am now going to try DTube https://d.tube/. I wont quit youtube but will try to demonetize them as much as possible and stop letting them make money off me. Only way to invoke change is to take action.
  • LOL...let's see how long Parler sticks around. Not past this weekend would be my bet.
  • This is a slippery slope, very concerning for the long term for all of us, regardless of politics, race, or creed. The only right thing to do, is to 'have choice' to watch/listen/believe whatever you want to. Once America starts to lose that...well, it's the beginning of end sadly.
  • For those who are fed-up with the liberal-controlled Facebook/Twitter. AndroidCentral's new article will help find a great alternative: https://www.androidcentral.com/facebook-wants-your-whatsapp-data-heres-w....
  • I dont think thats the only fake stuff thats on youtube. They would lose a lot more content if they applied the false information rule across the board.
  • And the 'decision to define' what is 'false information' is biased towards their political beliefs ...
  • You mean censor...
  • Youtube keeps digging it's own grave. Will this destroy it? No, but there's a reason the idiom "death by a thousand cuts" exists.