YouTube Adds Information Panels to Mail in Voting Videos Ahead of US Presidential Elections
YouTube Adds Information Panels to Mail-in Voting Videos Ahead of US Presidential Elections
YouTube added mail-in voting to list of topics that it considers prone to posts containing falsehoods.
By Agence France-Presse | Updated: 24 September 2020 16:14 IST
YouTube will also begin showing information panels about candidates above search results
US President Donald Trump has railed against voting by mail
Trump's claims have been tagged as misleading by social media platforms
YouTube already bars claims that mislead people about voting
YouTube on Thursday began adding information panels to videos about voting by mail to reduce the spread of misinformation leading up to the US presidential election in November.
Mail-in voting was added to a short list of topics that YouTube considers prone to posts containing falsehoods, such as Covid-19 and landing on the moon, according to the Google-owned video sharing platform.
"This means that under videos that discuss voting by mail, you'll see an information panel directing you to authoritative information from the Bipartisan Policy Center, a bipartisan think tank," YouTube vice president of government a Leslie Miller said in a blog post.
A "YouChoose 2020" interactive voting special will walk people through the voting process using "memes" such as a tutorial comparing voting to following a recipe and an auto repair video that breaks down the "nuts and bolts" of voting.
"We're working hard to make YouTube a more reliable source for news and information, as well as an open platform for healthy political discourse," Miller said.
The United States is the middle of a tense political campaign season against the backdrop of the novel coronavirus pandemic and mass protests for racial justice. Some demonstrations have led to violent clashes between civil rights groups and armed right-wing vigilantes.
Voters are expected to shift to mail-in voting in unprecedented numbers to reduce risk of exposure to the virus.
Internet platforms face pressure to curb political misinformation, both from foreign actors and from groups within the United States.