Information about electoral fraud is spreading on YouTube, and right-wing outlets that are most aggressively pushing false information are gaining new, conservative viewers on the video service, according to new research.
YouTube, which is owned by Google, Video is not taken down Challenging the result of the election, including material that spreads false allegations. Instead, the company has said it is fighting disinfection by increasing official news sources in search results and recommendations, while slowing the proliferation of so-called frontier content – videos that collide against its policies but do not violate them We do.
But data from an independent research project is called Transparency tube It has been found that fringe, right-wing news channels are aggressively advancing unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud, gaining a large body of views among conservative YouTube channels ahead of the election.
At the same time, Fox News, which has been more Reserved to promote unsecured claims In the stolen election, YouTube has seen its share amid the decline of a conservative audience, even though it is one of YouTube’s publicized, official sources.
Sam Clarke, one of the researchers behind Transparency Tube, said, “Our data indicates that YouTube’s efforts have limited impact on slowing or preventing the dissemination of election misinformation.” “Despite YouTube’s efforts, channels posting misinformation of the election have seen an increase in traffic share.”
In September and October, Fox News ‘YouTube channel held nearly 17 percent of all views on Transparency Tube “partisan rights”, a group of more than 2,000 subscribers with more than 10,000 subscribers to Democrats’ highly critical view on politics Was focused. . In the week of 5–12 November, this percentage fell to 13 percent.
Overall, Fox News had 67 million views on YouTube that week, down from its average of 77 million views per week in October. A Fox News spokesperson pointed to Nielsen’s ratings, indicating that its television ratings had risen by more than 60 percent the week before the election, compared to the week before the election.
“The most popular video about the election continues from official news organizations,” YouTube spokesman Andrea Favill said. “Several factors can affect viewership for channels: for example, a sudden increase in media coverage, diverting attention from public figures or sharing social platforms.”
Newsmax, Which is Pushed a wide range of election-related conspiracy theoriesIncreased its share of total views among conservative channels to 5 percent in the week of November 5–12, from less than 1 percent for September and October. Its most viewed video of the week, Rudolph W. Giuliani had a clause with President Trump’s personal lawyer, claiming to be evidence of voter fraud.
Likewise, other channels promoting claims of electoral rigging saw an increase in their share. The Next News Network, which went viral with a video Propagating lies Regarding the vote in Pennsylvania, the stock increased by 2.7 percent after the election from 1.5 percent, while One America News Network increased its share from 0.7 percent to 1.5 percent before the election.
The day after the election, an OANN video commentary claimed that Mr. Trump had already won the election and that Democrats were “bouncing Republican ballots, harvesting fake ballots and delaying results” to create confusion.
YouTube said that the increase in percentage terms for smaller channels is not a sign of growth overall because channels such as Fox News have such a large customer base.
While it was not enough to draw criticism for sealing the dissolution, YouTube said 88 percent of videos in the top 10 results searching for election-related content come from high-rights sources. It added that for major news channels such as ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, NBC News and MSNBC, this time has seen more than double the previous year.
YouTube stated that Newsmax, OANN and The Next News Network are not considered official sources and will not be heavily featured in recommendations or search results.
YouTube has also stated that it is labeling a video related to the election results along with a statement that the Associated Press reported Joseph R. The presidential race for Biden Jr. is stated with a link to a Google page featuring vote numbers.
However, one YouTube channel has seen a decline in its views among conservative corners of YouTube, falsely claiming a widespread electoral fraud claim: President Trump’s own channel.
Mr Trump’s YouTube channel received quadruple views in October last month as his campaign pushed the site into traffic with advertisements. With Google putting a freeze on political ads after the election, there has been a sharp decline in views on Mr. Trump’s YouTube channel.