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Google / YouTube Not Enforcing Misinformation Policy Regarding Fox News

Google / YouTube proves they’re not enforcing Misinformation Policies by failing to remove Right Wing organizations such as Fox News which routinely espouses lies and conspiracy theories. By failing to remove Right Wing organizations which routinely LIES to their viewer, Google / YouTube is giving them preferential treatment

 

GOOGLE / YOUTUBE FAILING TO REMOVE PURVEYORS OF FALSE INFORMATION

Per the above post from Youtube’s site, they claim to have a “Misinformation Policy”… “misleading or deceptive content with serious risk of egregious harm are not allowed on YouTube. This includes certain types of misinformation that can cause real-world harm, like promoting harmful remedies or treatments, certain types of technically manipulated content, or content interfering with democratic processes”.

 

FOX LIES and promotes proven false conspiracy theories all the time proving Google’s “Misinformation Policy” is BULLSHIT which they fail to enforce against corporate giants like FOX FAKE NEWS.

 

2 Weeks after the Election was called for Joe Biden, Fox Pundits cast doubt on the results nearly 800 times

Fox News repeatedly aided Trump’s efforts to undermine election results, laying the groundwork to cry foul if Trump lost, echoing debunked theories of fraud, pushing the idea that Democrats are trying to “steal” this from him, and arguing that Trump is justified in pursuing his claims of a rigged election. This pattern of coverage continued in the lead-up to the day of the riots.

 

 

Despite the fact that FOX has repeatedly LIED and been a purveyor of false information, Google / YouTube has allowed FOX to remain active on their platform, proving that Google / YouTube doesn’t enforce their own policies.

 

Per the above article; “YouTube said it won’t remove a video that claims Democrats are committing voter fraud against Republican ballots, despite admitting the video undermines confidence in elections.

The video, titled “Trump won” and posted by right-leaning media organization One American News Network on YouTube Wednesday morning, shows OAN anchor Christina Bobb saying “President Trump won four more years in the office last night.”

The video continues to make unsubstantiated claims of “rampant voter fraud” against Republican ballots while urging viewers to “take action” against Democrats. The video has more than 300,000 views.

Google-owned YouTube’s policies say it will remove content “encouraging others to interfere with democratic processes, such as obstructing or interrupting voting procedures.” Last month, the company tightened its policies to include removing targeted conspiracy theory-driven videos that may result in real-life violence.

After publication, YouTube spokesperson Andrea Faville explained that the company’s “Community Guidelines” refer to videos discouraging voting but not to videos that advocate interference after votes have been cast.

“Our Community Guidelines prohibit content misleading viewers about voting, for example content aiming to mislead voters about the time, place, means or eligibility requirements for voting, or false claims that could materially discourage voting,” Faville stated in an email to CNBC. “The content of this video doesn’t rise to that level, so it wasn’t removed.”

However, YouTube said it discontinued ads on the video, eliminating a revenue stream for its creators.

“We do not allow ads to run on content that undermines confidence in elections with demonstrably false information,” spokeswoman Christa Muldoon said in an emailed response to CNBC. “The election has not been called. Therefore, this is in scope of our demonstrably false policy and will be demonetized on YouTube.”

The confusing response from YouTube comes as social media companies face pressure to contain misinformation and avoid political bias — especially around the contentious 2020 U.S. elections. The company removed livestreamed channels on Election Day after a report found YouTube was showing misleading voter outcomes.

Early Wednesday morning, President Trump falsely claimed presidential victory even though millions of legitimate votes had yet to be counted and races in half a dozen swing states still had not been called.

Several hours later, One American News Network, which has 193,000 YouTube subscribers, posted the video. In it, an anchor says Democrat leaders are “tossing republican ballots” and “harvesting fake ballots.” It remained on YouTube for two hours and racked up more than 150,000 views before YouTube placed a label underneath the video that says “Results may not be final.”

“The Democrat party wants to hold Americans hostage and they’ll use violence to do it,” the anchor says in the video. “Democrats are boldly cheating because they think they have you fooled. Let them know, they aren’t fooling anyone.”

The anchor urges viewers to “take action” and “rise up” while the video displays phone numbers of Secretaries of State for viewers to call.

On Thursday morning, OAN uploaded another video titled “DAY 2. TRUMP WON. DEMS TRYING TO PULL FAST ONE” that started with Bobb stating, “Trump won, but Democrats think we’re stupid and they tried to steal the battleground states.”

All of the info above is SLANDEROUS and FALSE yet the video is STILL active as of 4/3/2022.

 

The list of options above appears if you click the “report” link by each video and as you can see, as of 4/3/2022 there’s no way to report a video with misinformation, lies or false information.

Here’s a link to the video.

Three takeaways from the above article;

1. This proves Google / YouTube is a flawed organization which “selectively” enforces their community standards and Terms of Service. Doing so opens them up to lawsuits.

2. Democrats should SUE for slander due to their making outrageously false claims seen not only on YouTube but on their cable channel by possibly millions of people.

3. Democrats could sue google for damages by failing to enforce their own community standards, failing to remove OAN’s video which makes false and liableous claims that violate googles own community standards and Terms of Service. (DISCLAIMER: I’m not a lawyer, these are just legal opinions)

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