YouTube's misinformation policies led to fewer misleading videos on Facebook and Twitter | Engadget

In the immediate aftermath of the US election on November 3rd, the researchers recorded a dramatic increase in the number of YouTube election fraud videos shared on Twitter. Before YouTubes December 8th policy decision, about 18 percent of all videos shared on the platform were related to election fraud theories. In that time period, the ratio of election fraud videos shared on Twitter from YouTube dropped to below 20 percent. That ratio fell again following the US Capitol riot when YouTube said it would hand out strikes to any channel spreading misinformation about the results of the election. The findings come from a report a team of researchers from the Center for Social Media and Politics at New York University shared with The New York Times. As the most ubiquitous video platform on the internet, the company has an enormous amount of power to shape political discourse. By Inauguration Day, that number fell to four percent.
New research has found that policies put in place by YouTube to curb election misinformation had a significant impact on the number of false and misleading videos on Facebook and Twitter. The finding… [+2096 chars]