For reasons unknown to the average human being, people tend to think that getting angry online at a private company’s policies, whilst advocating that a private company be free to do what they want with their business, is somewhat the way forward. The same groups of people use these platforms to create their own following, monetise their videos receiving 10,000s if not 100,000s of dollars in revenue then complain that because the company changed its model that suddenly it’s unfair.
That is what YouTube have been doing for some time now and recently it has been decided by the powers at Google to make decision that any videos that allege Trump lost the 2020 election due to fraud will be removed. Okay, that might end up removing videos which mention it by name and that would be an inconvenience, however, that is no excuse for not being able to get that video either uploaded to another site or even better pay for a domain name yourself and the hosting package – the rates today are very cheap.
Now we will come across those who will say “but my revenue was from ads”, well… tough, if you are making a good product that sells then you need to think outside the box. The internet was the one place where anyone could make something happen out of nothing and for those who rely heavily on other companies/platforms to get some video content out there need to do more. Sometimes it comes down to laziness because clicking a few buttons to get WordPress installed, typing up notes for a new post like this one I’m doing now seems too much.
Too much even for the average human being, article below is from cnet website.
YouTube will remove any new videos alleging Trump lost election because of fraud
YouTube will remove any new videos alleging that President Donald Trump lost the US 2020 election to Joseph Biden because of fraud or errors, Google’s massive video site said Wednesday on its YouTube blog. Essentially, YouTube now categorizes Biden’s victory and Trump’s loss as historical fact, and so it will crack down on new misleading videos alleging otherwise.
YouTube noted that its policies already prohibit videos alleging that fraud or errors changed the outcome of a historical US presidential election, but “in some cases, that has meant allowing controversial views on the outcome or process of counting votes of a current election, as election officials have worked to finalize counts.” Now that enough states have certified their results to determine Biden is president-elect, YouTube will remove any piece of content uploaded Wednesday or afterward “that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 US Presidential election.”
Any videos uploaded before Wednesday are going to remain up even if they make the same claims that Trump lost and Biden won because of fraud or errors.
The policy announcement from YouTube comes the day after the “safe harbor” deadline, when all challenges to an election at the state level are traditionally expected to be finished — a milestone that adds credence that the results of the election are beyond dispute.
YouTube and social networks Facebook and Twitter have all wrestled with election misinformation in the US’ highly contested election. These companies’ policies draw controversy not only for what they allow and what they remove, but also for the platforms’ ability — or lack thereof — to adequately enforce the rules they set. Google CEO Sundar Pichai was hauled in front of Congress twice in just the four months ahead of the election, each time being upbraided for perceived failures in what YouTube leaves up and bias in what what it takes down.
YouTube has 2 billion monthly users and is the world’s biggest source of online video.
The company also said it is changing its “informational panel” for US presidential election results, which are fact-check boxes that show up at the top of some YouTube search results and below some videos. YouTube will update this panel to note that states have certified presidential election results with Biden as president-elect and to link to the Office of the Federal Register’s 2020 Electoral College Results. The panel will continue to include a link to Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and explain that states certify results after ensuring ballots are properly counted and correcting irregularities and errors.
In addition, YouTube released some statistics about its enforcement and other actions so far related to the election. Those election results information panels showed up beneath more than 200,000 election-related videos, the company said, adding that the panels were shown more than 4.5 billion times. Since election day, fact-check information panels showed up over YouTube search results more than 200,000 times, including for voter-fraud-related queries such as “Dominion voting machines” and “Michigan recount.”
YouTube said it has terminated more than 8,000 channels and “thousands of harmful and misleading elections-related videos” since September. It said that 77% of those removed videos were taken down before they hit 100 views. It said more than 70% of video recommendations on election-related topics directed people to news sources that YouTube deems as authoritative. It said the top 10 authoritative news channels were recommended more than 14 times more than the top 10 nonauthoritative channels on election-related material.