Videos of fake US presidential election results on YouTube attracted tens of thousands of views before being removed.
Since the morning of November 3 (US time), many YouTube channels have been streaming a live video update on the presidential election results, although many states have not closed voting. The videos show state maps for each state, but not the official results.
There were 8 fake results video titled “LIVE 2020 Presidential Election Results” that were streamed live from 3 different accounts. They attracted tens of thousands of views and even run ads to make money.
According to Insider, an account that broadcast fake results had 1.2 million subscribers, and 4 accounts with YouTube’s tick marks. The account named Seven-Hiphop specializes in posting music videos also live-streamed fake election results with 26,000 views.
There are times when the 4 highest results when searching on YouTube with the keyword “presidential election results” were all fake. Search with the keyword “election result” also showed 3 similar videos.
These results can be easily generated via a website that allows people to change the color of the winning party’s representation in each state at will.
In response to Bloomberg, YouTube confirmed that the videos have been removed due to a violation of community standards.
“We have a policy to prohibit spam, fraudulent or false content,” a YouTube spokesperson said. The platform continuously reviews voting-related content during and after the election.
According to YouTube, the platform has turned into mainstream news channels for users. However, the videos that fake the election results are classified into music and stock categories to bypass the censorship system.
Now when searching for election-related content, YouTube will show you that the results may not be official, with a link to Google’s results update page.
Some social networks also apply measures to ensure that the shared election results are real. Twitter, for example, has tagged posts that have published unofficial or predicted results by at least two national news agencies.