YouTube is taking steps to crack down on false information on the platform as the 2020 U.S. election season officially kicks off, according tomedia outlet The Verge. Leslie Miller, YouTube’s vice president of government affairs and public policy, reiterated some of the company’s key policies in a new blog post. While none of these policies are new, the company wants to show details of its investments in election-related disinformation. The blog post outlines everything YouTube has done over the past few years, including its approach to targeting fake videos and suppressing voter movements.
For fake videos, YouTube removes “technically manipulated or tampered with content that misleads users, which can cause significant harm.” The company had previously deleted a deepfake video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi because it violated company policy. YouTube operates on a video-by-video basis and uses its reviewers to determine whether a video was used with malicious intent or was used as a parody.
In addition, YouTube does not allow videos that tell people about the wrong voting, including those that try to mislead people by using the wrong voting date. In addition, youTube will further terminate channels that attempt to impersonate others or channels, or artificially increase the number of views, likes and comments on videos, including those “false statements relating to the technical qualifications of current political candidates and serving elected government officials.”
“Before, during and after the 2020 U.S. election, YouTube has been committed to maintaining a balance between openness and responsibility,” Miller wrote. “We’ll share more in this work over the next few months. “