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google and the video sharing app YouTube outlined plans for handling the 2022 US midterm elections this week, focusing on tools at his disposal to limit efforts to curb the spread of political misinformation.

When users search for election content on Google or YouTube, there are recommendation systems in place to showcase journalism or video content from authoritative national and local news sources such as The Wall Street Journal, Univision, PBS NewsHour, and local ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates. bring.

In today’s blog post, YouTube noted that it has removed “a number of videos” about the US midterm elections that violate policy, including videos making false claims about the 2020 election. YouTube’s rules also prohibit inaccurate videos on how to do it. voices, videos inciting violence and any other content that disrupts the democratic process. The platform adds that it has suspended YouTube channels that violate its Interim Terms policy and has temporarily suspended posting new videos for some channels.

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Google Search now makes it easier for users to search for election coverage from local and regional news from different states. The company also implements a tool on Google Search that it has used before that directs voters to accurate information about voter registration and how to vote. Google will partner with The Associated Press again this year to provide users with authoritative election results in search results.

YouTube will also direct voters to a voting information panel and a link to Google’s “how to vote” and “how to register to vote” features. Other election-related features YouTube announced today include voter registration reminders and election resources, information panels below videos, featured authoritative videos in the watch next panels, and a media literacy educational campaign with tips on disinformation tactics.

On Election Day, YouTube will share a link to Google’s election results tracker, will feature live streams from Election Night, and will include election results under videos. The platform will also launch a tool in the coming weeks that will provide those seeking federal candidates with a panel that highlights vital information such as which office they are running for and what their political party is.

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With two months to go until Election Day, Google’s announcement marks a tech giant’s latest attempt to prepare for the pivotal moment in American history. Meta, TikTok and Twitter also recently discussed how they will handle the 2022 midterm elections in the US.

YouTube came under scrutiny over how it handled the 2020 presidential election, waiting until December 2020 to announce a policy that would apply to misinformation circulating around last month’s election.

Before the policy was put in place, the platform did not remove videos with misleading election-related claims, allowing speculation and false information to thrive. That included a video from One America News Network (OAN) posted the day after the 2020 election falsely claiming that Trump had won the election. The video was viewed more than 340,000 times, but YouTube did not immediately remove it because the video did not break the rules.

In a new study, researchers at New York University found that YouTube’s recommendation system played a role in spreading misinformation about the 2020 presidential election. From October 29 to December 8, 2020, the researchers analyzed the YouTube usage of 361 people to determine whether it was YouTube users’ recommendation system led to false claims about the election in the immediate aftermath of the election. The researchers concluded that participants who were highly skeptical about the legitimacy of the election received significantly more allegations of vote fraud than participants who were not uncertain about the election results.

YouTube opposed the study in a conversation with londonbusinessblog.com, arguing that the small sample size undermined any possible conclusions. “While we welcome more research, this report does not accurately reflect how our systems work,” YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi told londonbusinessblog.com. “We found that the most viewed and recommended videos and channels related to elections come from authoritative sources, such as news channels.”

The researchers acknowledged that the number of fraud-related videos in the study was generally low and that the data did not take into account which channels the participants were subscribed to. Nevertheless, YouTube is clearly a major vector of potential political misinformation — and one to keep an eye on as the US heads into midterm elections this fall.


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