YouTube Nixes 2020 Election ‘Misinformation’ Removal Policy
YouTube has stated that its latest policy changes were in response to a desire to create an environment where users could “openly debate political ideas, even those that are controversial or based on disproven assumptions.”
With the primary season just eight months away, YouTube has declared it’s reversing its policy of taking down videos that claimed any US presidential election in history wasn’t clean.
“Two years, tens of thousands of video removals, and one election cycle later, we recognized it was time to reevaluate the effects of this policy in today’s changed landscape,” YouTube said in a statement Friday on its official blog.
“With that in mind, and with 2024 campaigns well underway,” YouTube says it will “stop removing content” that gives voice to what it calls “false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches occurred in the 2020 and other past US Presidential elections.”
The change in the company’s ‘misinformation’ policy comes less than a year before the beginning of the 2024 Republican primaries, which are expected to feature a crowded field but ultimately be dominated by former President Donald Trump — who’s all but guaranteed to continue to argue on the campaign trail that he was unjustly deprived of electoral victory in 2020