Senate Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformationNovember 24, 2020
In a letter to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, the lawmakers expressed concern over the influence of false information that seeks to delegitimize the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. The senators additionally mentioned they’re frightened in regards to the impact that misinformation might have on two January runoff elections in Georgia, which can resolve which get together controls the Senate.
“We urge you to immediately remove all election outcome misinformation and take aggressive steps to implement prohibitions, as other social media companies have done, regarding outcomes in future elections,” says the letter, despatched late Monday. It was signed by Sens. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Gary Peters of Michigan and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
In response to the letter, YouTube, which is owned by Google, mentioned the most-popular election movies on the positioning have come from authoritative information shops.
“Our teams are working around the clock to quickly remove content that violates our policies and ensure that we are connecting people with authoritative information about elections,” YouTube spokeswoman Ivy Choi mentioned in a press release. “Like other companies, we allow discussions of this election’s results and the process of counting votes, and are continuing to closely monitor new developments.”
The letter comes weeks after the contentious contest on Nov. 3, which dragged on as states continued to rely mail-in ballots. In the aftermath of the vote, as President Donald Trump has refused to concede, YouTube has been criticized for not doing sufficient to curb the unfold of misinformation.
For instance, within the days after the election, YouTube refused to take down movies by One America News, a far-right information group. The clips falsely declared victory for Trump and baselessly accused Democrats of rigging the competition. YouTube reduce off the movies from incomes income and labeled them with the warning, “Results may not be final,” which additionally appeared with all election-related movies and search outcomes.
In Monday night time’s letter, the Democratic lawmakers ask Wojcicki a number of questions, together with the quantity of promoting income the corporate has obtained from election misinformation. The lawmakers have requested solutions by Dec. 8.
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