YouTube promised to crack down on the election fraud lies after the Capitol storming. It's still making money off of it. - 2021-01-13

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F0.png YouTube promised to crack down on the election fraud lies after the Capitol storming. It's still making money off of it. January 13, 2021, Alex Kaplan, Media Matters

Videos pushing false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election have continued to circulate on YouTube despite the platform's promise to crack down on such content following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Several of the videos are monetized.

Since losing reelection to President-elect Joe Biden, President Donald Trump and right-wing figures have pushed multiple false conspiracy theories alleging widespread voter fraud in the election. Those claims led to a rally on January 6 where Trump pushed those false claims, and pro-Trump rioters subsequently stormed the United States Capitol to prevent the Electoral College certification of Biden's victory. The following day, YouTube announced that "due to the disturbing events that transpired yesterday, .... posting new videos with false claims in violation of our policies will now receive a strike," meaning a temporary suspension. (By the time YouTube made that decision, it had already allowed millions of views for videos pushing false voter fraud claims after the election, some of which were monetized.)

However, using the tracking tools BuzzSumo and Raditube, a Media Matters review of YouTube videos uploaded since (and including) January 7 found videos with a combined total of just under 1.5 million views that all in some manner falsely suggest voter fraud impacted the election.

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