As Concerns Grow Over Election Interference, YouTube Will Take Down Certain Content and Ban Videos Containing Hacked Information

The website recently announced updates to its policies on deceptive videos and other content designed to meddle with the voting process.

YouTube, with more than 2 billion users per month, is the word’s largest video platform. With Democrats and Republicans gearing up for their national conventions, the Google-owned YouTube will ban videos containing information that was obtained through hacking that could interfere with elections or censuses.

In addition to banning certain videos that contain confidential information, YouTube will also take down videos that promote interference with voting and other democratic processes. An example would be a video that tells people to create long lines at polling lines in an effort to stifle the vote.

Google will start enforcing the new polices on September 1, 2020.

Additional Resources

YouTube bans videos containing hacked information that could interfere with the election, CNET (August 13, 2020)

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