YouTube Confirms It Will Police False Political Content, Including Deepfakes

In its official blog, YouTube yesterday confirmed that it will apply its existing policy regarding deceptive content to the elections arena -- including policing false content -- in contrast to Facebook’s controversial hands-off policy re political content.

Specifically, YouTube says, it will ban “content that has been technically manipulated or doctored in a way that misleads users (beyond clips taken out of context) and may pose a serious risk of egregious harm; for example, a video that has been technically manipulated to make it appear that a government official is dead.”

It will also ban content that “advances false claims related to the technical eligibility requirements for current political candidates and sitting elected government officials to serve in office, such as claims that a candidate is not eligible to hold office based on false information about citizenship status requirements to hold office in that country.”

In addition, it will terminate channels that “attempt to impersonate another person or channel, misrepresent their country of origin, or conceal their association with a government actor,” or “artificially increase the number of views, likes, comments, or other metric either through the use of automatic systems or by serving up videos to unsuspecting viewers.”


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