YouTube suspended an America news network, one of the right-wing channels falsely advancing false claims about widespread electoral fraud for violating its policies.
But the misinformation that troubled OAN on Tuesday had nothing to do with the election. YouTube removed a video that violated its policies against the content, claiming that there is a guaranteed cure for Kovid-19. YouTube stated that it issued a strike against the channel as part of its three-strike policy. This means that OANs are not allowed to upload new videos or livestreams to the platform for a week.
The move came on the same day that a group of Democratic senators urged YouTube to reverse its policy of allowing misinformed video of the election result and pushed the company to do more to curb the spread of inaccurate content. Took aggressive steps and manipulated the media ahead of important by-elections. For two Senate seats in Georgia in January.
In the weeks following the election, OAN Article is published Challenging the integrity of the vote and pushing President Trump’s false claims that he won the election.
YouTube has stated that OAN is not an official news source and that “demonstrably false” information has been stripped of advertising from some of its videos to reduce confidence in elections. However, the videos remain available on the platform, helping OAN share it Between right-wing channels.
In addition to the one-week suspension, YouTube said it excluded OAN from a program that allows partner channels to generate advertising revenue from videos for violations of its COVID-19 misinformation policy and other violations . A US News YouTube channel will remain in place during the suspension.
Could not delegate to OAN He can be reached immediately for comment on Tuesday.
YouTube, which is owned by Google, is being criticized for Allow videos to spread false claims Comprehensive election fraud under a policy allowing videos that comment on the outcome of an election.
A spokesperson for YouTube, Ivy Choi, said in a statement, “Like other companies, we discuss the results of this election and the process of counting votes, and are closely monitoring new developments.” “Our teams are working around the clock to quickly remove content that violates our policies and ensure that we are connecting people with official information about the election.”
YouTube said it was revealed by videos pasting a label on videos discussing election results, deemed as official news sources in search results and recommendations. That label stated that the Associated Press had Joseph R. The election for Biden Jr. has been called on Google with a link to a results page.
In Sent a letter Susan Wojski, YouTube’s chief executive, said four Democratic senators – Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Gary Peters of Michigan, and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota – had deep concerns with the proliferation of misinformation on stage. The letter described how a YouTube video was viewed five million times in Michigan with a baseless claim of voter fraud.
“These videos seek to undermine our democracy and doubt the legitimacy of President-elect Biden’s incoming administration,” the senators wrote. “Also, because the current president has not committed to a peaceful transition of power, misinformation and manipulated media content on your platform, which can lead to civil unrest.”
Senators also expressed concern about runoff elections for Georgia’s two Senate seats, as those races would affect “significant national interest”. In a series of questions from Ms. Wojski, the senators asked whether YouTube would commit to removing inaccurate or misleading information about the 2020 election and the Georgia race. He asked the company to reply by 8 December.