The disinformation campaign is at an all-time high, as all of the major platforms look to bend and twist the current narrative. For starters, YouTube has announced that they are going to be removing any videos that call the integrity of the election into question. It does not matter to them that President Trump and millions of Americans believe that the election was stolen under unfair circumstances.
These platforms are led by liberal thinkers, so this is what we are being subjected to. YouTube is altering their search results and algorithms so that videos that are about electoral fraud cannot be found by the users that are looking for them. “Limiting the reach of borderline content and prominently surfacing authoritative information” is how the disinformation is being described.
If you throw enough big words at anything, you can make things seem different than they really are. While the videos that are supposedly misleading are just a small part of their viewership, they are taking very extreme measures to ensure that the truth does not come out. “Problematic misinformation represents a fraction of 1% of what’s watched on YouTube in the U.S, we know we can bring that number down even more,” reads a post on the official YouTube blog.
This battle is unfolding just as President Trump looks to veto the military appropriations bill. Congress has repeatedly failed to repeal Section 230. This is the law that allows platforms like YouTube to operate in the same manner as publishers. Once you take a closer look at the full announcement, there are certain excerpts that really jump off the page.
“Yesterday was the safe-harbor deadline for the U.S. Presidential election and enough states have certified their election results to determine a President-elect. Given that, we will start removing any piece of content uploaded today (or anytime after) that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, in line with our approach towards historical U.S. Presidential elections.
For example, we will remove videos claiming that a Presidential candidate won the election due to widespread software glitches or counting errors. We will begin enforcing this policy today and will ramp up in the weeks to come. As always, news coverage and commentary on these issues can remain on our site if there’s sufficient education, documentary, scientific or artistic context,” reads the most shocking passage.
They are coming right out and saying it. There is no room for ambiguity here. Anyone who tries to tell the truth about what happened in this fraudulent election on YouTube is given the boot before anyone has the chance to realize what is going on. They decided that as soon as the election results were certified, no one would be allowed to talk about it anymore.
To be fair, it is their platform and they can do what they want with it. We are just surprised that they would leave themselves open to criticism from all sides. This makes them look like whiny liberals who are unwilling to hear a different point of view. We are sure that this does not matter to them but it bears noting anyway.
“We also work to make sure that the line between what is removed and what is allowed is drawn in the right place. Our policies prohibit misleading viewers about where and how to vote. We also disallow content alleging widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of a historical U.S. Presidential election. However, in some cases, that has meant allowing controversial views on the outcome or process of counting votes of a current election as election officials have worked to finalize counts,” reads another inflammatory excerpt.
In other words, they were fine with allowing people to speak their peace until the election was over. This does not make any sense. Wouldn’t it be more “dangerous” for people to speak out while the count was still taking place? YouTube is walking down a dangerous path themselves and they need to adjust their approach before it is too late.