What is going on today?
Am I living in the Bizarro World?
I am stunned even now writing this article and almost can’t believe this is true.
In a surprise announcement, YouTube is suddenly reversing course and dropping its “Election Misinformation Policy”.
In short, what that means is you can now question the legitimacy of the 2020 election on YouTube and not get banned or censored for it.
You know, Free Speech!
After three years of banning all Free Speech that dared to question whether the 2020 Election was stolen, YouTube now suddenly issues this statement:
Yeah, we know YouTube….
We’ve been shouting that from the rooftops for three years!
Nice to see you finally realizing it, but a little late don’t you think?
Still I guess a win is a win, but what in the world?
JUST IN – YouTube reverses "election misinformation policy," allows people to say there was fraud in the 2020 election — Axios
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) June 2, 2023
I guess they got tired of everyone moving over to Rumble?
The pocketbook finally spoke?
After nearly three years, YouTube has reversed their “election misinformation policy” and is now allowing people to say whatever they wish about the 2020 election.
Looks like even YouTube is ready for people to start talking TRUTH again.
Will they now reinstate everyone who was…
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) June 2, 2023
Or are there bigger things at play here?
Panic setting in?
…just figured out they committed billions of federal crimes?
…nope just figured out they lost 1/2 of Americas eyeballs and the money that comes with them.
BREAKING: YouTube Reverses ‘Election Misinformation Policy’https://t.co/oCkIZN2icm
— Catherine and Gregg (@onwardsocial) June 2, 2023
Timcast speculates on why they’re doing this now:
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) June 3, 2023
Just following Elon Musk (again)?
FOLLOWING @ELONMUSK's LEAD? @Youtube will stop censorship of posts questioning the corrupted and compromised 2020 election. Youtube censorship on this issue for the Left, Democrats and Joe Biden violated the free speech rights of MILLIONS of users, including @JudicialWatch. https://t.co/CHF070S1Eb
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) June 2, 2023
Here is the full statement from YouTube:
Today we are announcing a new set of updates on YouTube to address and protect our community — providing a home for open discussion and debate during the ongoing election season.When we craft our policies, we always keep two goals in mind: protecting our community, and providing a home for open discussion and debate. These goals are sometimes in tension with each other, and there is perhaps no area where striking a balance is more complex than political speech. The ability to openly debate political ideas, even those that are controversial or based on disproven assumptions, is core to a functioning democratic society–especially in the midst of election season.
We first instituted a provision of our elections misinformation policy focused on the integrity of past US Presidential elections in December 2020, once the states’ safe harbor date for certification had passed. Two years, tens of thousands of video removals, and one election cycle later, we recognized it was time to reevaluate the effects of this policy in today’s changed landscape. In the current environment, we find that while removing this content does curb some misinformation, it could also have the unintended effect of curtailing political speech without meaningfully reducing the risk of violence or other real-world harm. With that in mind, and with 2024 campaigns well underway, we will stop removing content that advances false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches occurred in the 2020 and other past US Presidential elections. This goes into effect today, Friday, June 2. As with any update to our policies, we carefully deliberated this change.
This specific aspect of our elections misinformation policy represents just one piece of a broad, holistic approach towards supporting elections on YouTube. Here’s what isn’t changing: