YouTube said Wednesday that it will now begin to remove new content posted to its platform that “misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.”
The company said the decision comes after enough states certified election results to determine Joe Biden as the US President-elect.
If the company is able to keep to its commitments, YouTube’s announcement could have an impact on high-profile right-wing channels and personalities, including President Trump and One America News Network, which have spread conspiracy theories suggesting that Biden’s victory is illegitimate.
“For example, we will remove videos claiming that a Presidential candidate won the election due to widespread software glitches or counting errors. We will begin enforcing this policy today, and will ramp up in the weeks to come,” YouTube said in a blog post.