Videos which falsely claim that Joe Biden didn’t win the presidential election will stay on YouTube because they’re a discussion of election results, the company stated.
The Google-owned video colossus had previously been criticised for failing to remove a video from right-wing news network One America News Network (OANN) saying that President Donald Trump won the US election while votes were still being tallied.
Donald Trump had unfailingly undermined the integrity of the election with numerous claims of voter fraud and election rigging.
Following the election, OAN posted another video entitled: “Trump Won. The Elephant in the Room”.
The video falsely claims that Joe Biden wasn’t the president-elect, holding phoney press briefings and that there was a looming reality that Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris got caught because there was so much evidence of organised voter fraud.
This is despite US officials saying that they found no evidence votes in the presidential election were compromised in any way.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said that while they know there are numerous unsubstantiated claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of the elections, they could assure that they have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of the elections.
The video also claims that Joe Biden had achieved nothing and doesn’t have his transition team in place and the Trump White House is thwarting the administration from formally working with Joe Biden, and Joe Biden’s transition team are under orders not to have contact with existing government officials.
And YouTube said on Twitter that like other companies, they’re allowing these videos because discussion of election results and the methodology of counting votes is permitted on YouTube.
They said that these videos are not being surfaced or recommended in any major way – the company also pulled ads from the video, meaning that they can’t profit from views.
YouTube also claimed that the popular videos about the election are from authoritative news organisations and that 88 per cent of the videos in top 10 results in the US came from high auth sources when people search for election-related content.
The day after election night, eight out of the 20 top results when users searched for LIVE 2020 Presidential Election Results presented incorrect information on election day and four channels broadcasting false results were confirmed by YouTube – one channel broadcasting phoney results had over 1.4 million subscribers.
This is misinformation and we know how bad it can get when people spread that sort of stuff – if anything, the video would be better suited in the comedy section, at least there it would benefit people who would get a chuckle out of it.
However, this is bad because they’re aiding and abetting Donald Trump and the ruination of the country.
Just give Donald Trump a TV show where he can still pretend he’s still the President of the United States, that way he can dominate new adversaries every week on his own show.
The guy has lost, plain and simple and he’s looking more ridiculous every day and the world is watching this car crash, but he loves it because then he’s getting the attention that he wants and needs.