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YouTube’s anti-disinformation measures also reduced it on Twitter and Facebook


The fight against misinformation on digital platforms continues to yield results despite the push of new promoters of the same

Measures against misinformation

The anti-disinformation policies posted on YouTube in recent months they have also had an impact on other platforms such as Twitter y Facebook, where videos with disinformation were reduced.

This is taken from an academic study prepared by the New York University Center for Social Media and Politics (United States), published by the newspaper The New York Times.

The research has analyzed social media posts about elections that included links to videos that denounced an alleged electoral fraudin the 2020 United States presidential election, in which Joe Biden beat Donald Trump.

After the elections on November 3, 2020, YouTube videos denouncing electoral manipulation assumed a third of the total videos with content about elections shared on Twitter during the month of November.

Among the most shared YouTube channels on Twitter were accounts that had previously participated in the dissemination of disinformation, such as Project Veritas, Right Side Broadcasting Network, and One America News Network.

However, the New York University study has tested the effectiveness of YouTube’s measures against videos denouncing electoral fraud, which were launched on December 8 on the Google platform.

This decision also affected Twitter, where on December 21 videos with disinformation about the US elections coming from YouTube dropped to less than 20 percent for the first time since the celebration of the elections.

Subsequently, On January 7, YouTube launched an additional measure: a system with which he sent notices to accounts that spread electoral disinformation. If the three notices were exceeded in 90 days, the account was permanently deleted.

With this second measure, the impact on Twitter was even greater, and the proportion of YouTube videos with fraud theories over that of electoral tweets dropped to around 5 percent, coinciding with the inauguration day of Joe Biden’s presidency, January 20.


Likewise, the research has also analyzed the effect of the measures taken by YouTube against disinformation on the Videos shared on the social network Facebook.

After the November elections, videos of fraud conspiracies from YouTube came to represent a 18 percent of total Facebook posts on December 8.

YouTube measures in December and January significantly reduced these disinformative videos also on Facebook, where the number of videos on voter fraud dropped to 4 percent on January 20.

According to the criteria of

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