top of page

YouTube Halts Removal of False Claims on U.S. Elections

Updated: Jan 4

[Edited] YouTube, the Google-owned video service, has announced a significant policy change that will now allow content falsely claiming that the 2020 election or other past US presidential elections were marred by "widespread fraud, errors, or glitches."

Credits: Unsplash

This decision marks a reversal for the platform, which had previously committed to removing such posts that spread misinformation about voter fraud or errors changing the election outcome.

In a blog post, YouTube stated that the updated policy aims to protect the ability to openly debate political ideas, even those that are controversial or based on disproven assumptions. The platform believes that removing this content could inadvertently curtail political speech without effectively reducing the risk of violence or real-world harm.

The new policy, effective immediately, does not prevent YouTube from taking down content that attempts to deceive voters in the upcoming 2024 election or any future races in the US or abroad. The company maintains that its existing rules against election misinformation remain unchanged.

However, enforcing this policy may prove challenging. John Wihbey, an associate professor at Northeastern University who studies social media and misinformation, expressed skepticism about disentangling rhetoric that refers to past wrongs and future possibilities. He believes that the content moderation team will face difficulties in determining where the line should be drawn.

This policy change comes in the wake of criticism directed at YouTube and other major social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (owned by Meta), for their perceived inaction in combating the spread of election misinformation and disinformation on their platforms.

Media Matters, a left-leaning media watchdog group, commented on the policy change, stating that it was not surprising as YouTube was one of the last major social media platforms to maintain such a policy. The group's vice president, Julie Millican, expressed concern that platforms like YouTube and Facebook are setting the stage for a potential encore of attempted insurrections by weakening their election misinformation policies.

The decision by YouTube to allow false claims about past US presidential elections raises questions about the platform's responsibility in curbing the spread of misinformation. As the 2024 election approaches, the challenge for YouTube and other social media platforms will be to strike a balance between protecting free speech and preventing the dissemination of false information that can undermine the democratic process.


- YouTube has reversed its policy and will now permit content falsely claiming widespread fraud, errors, or glitches in past US presidential elections.

- The platform aims to protect the ability to openly debate political ideas, even controversial ones based on disproven assumptions.

- The new policy does not apply to content attempting to deceive voters in future elections.

Source: AP NEWS

As technology advances and has a greater impact on our lives than ever before, being informed is the only way to keep up.  Through our product reviews and news articles, we want to be able to aid our readers in doing so. All of our reviews are carefully written, offer unique insights and critiques, and provide trustworthy recommendations. Our news stories are sourced from trustworthy sources, fact-checked by our team, and presented with the help of AI to make them easier to comprehend for our readers. If you notice any errors in our product reviews or news stories, please email us at  Your input will be important in ensuring that our articles are accurate for all of our readers.

bottom of page