YouTube has announced that it is reversing its policy around the disallowance of misinformation, effective immediately. The move means that users will be able to spread false claims about the 2020 U.S. presidential election and other previous elections in the country. The company’s decision has been criticised for negating its own definition of “real world harm”.Fact
💻 Users on YouTube will now be able to spread false claims about the 2020 U.S. presidential election and previous elections in the country, following the company’s decision to reverse its policy on election denialism. YouTube will still not allow some false election-related claims, like lying about polling place locations.
💼 “In the current environment, we find that while removing this content does curb some misinformation, it could also have the unintended effect of curtailing political speech without meaningfully reducing the risk of violence or other real-world harm,” YouTube wrote in a blog post.