YouTube removes Jan 6 committee clip on Trump election misinformation
The video featured former Attorney General William P. Barr, but also included a clip from a TV interview in which Trump said some of his votes went to Joe Biden. The video was short and did not include Barr or anyone else specifically calling Trump’s statement a lie.
“Our Election Integrity Policy prohibits content that makes false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or issues changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, if it does not provide sufficient context,” said YouTube spokeswoman Ivy Choi. “We apply our policies the same for everyone.”
Following the 2020 election, YouTube changed its policies to prohibit claims that the election was fraudulent or stolen. In the days following January 6, he banned Trump’s channel from the platform, an action that was also taken by Facebook and Twitter on their sites.
YouTube has for years been a key platform used to spread false claims about vaccines and election results. During the pandemic, society began to crack down on misinformation about the coronavirus and the effectiveness of vaccines. The 2020 election and the campaign by Trump and his supporters to overturn his results has forced the company to grapple even more with its role as a platform for spreading false claims that can undermine people’s trust in elections.
Company executives have repeatedly said they don’t want to act as political censors or gatekeepers and have tried to craft policies they can enforce in a way that appears neutral. This appears to be the reasoning behind the removal of the January 6 committee clip.