YouTube to link to election results in video and search pages to curb misinformation

YouTube will hyperlink to election outcomes data.

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This story is part of Elections 2020, PJDM’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

Starting on Election Day on Nov. 3, YouTube will hyperlink to data on election ends in an effort to tamp down on confusion within the aftermath of the competition, the corporate mentioned Tuesday.  

The world’s largest video platform, owned by Google, will hyperlink to an election outcomes function that Google will show in its search engine. The search large will accomplice with the Related Press to offer real-time election outcomes, because it did throughout this yr’s primaries and different previous elections.

The hyperlink, a part of what YouTube calls data panels, will seem under movies in regards to the election, in addition to sure search outcomes pages for election-related queries. “Outcomes might not be closing,” the textual content of the panel will learn. “See the newest on Google.”

The announcement comes precisely per week earlier than Election Day. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and a rise of mail-in voting, consultants anticipate there might be delayed outcomes as ballots proceed to be tabulated within the days following the competition. Misinformation purveyors might reap the benefits of that delay to attempt to sow confusion and unfold conspiracy theories, consultants say. 

Twitter on Monday announced a similar effort. The corporate mentioned it should begin together with prompts in its apps to teach folks in regards to the election, together with reminding them of probably delayed outcomes and misinformation.


An data panel on YouTube will hyperlink to election outcomes.


Greater than 60 million People have already solid their ballots, and the quantity might balloon to up to 100 million by Election Day, in line with NBC Information.

As the competition approaches, Silicon Valley corporations have been desirous to show they will keep away from the pitfalls they encountered in 2016. That election was marred by interference from Russia, which exploited platforms from Google, Fb and Twitter to attempt to affect the result of the competition. 

In September, YouTube mentioned it might present folks data panels on mail-in voting after they watch movies that debate the topic. The ballot-casting methodology has change into fraught with misinformation as President Donald Trump has tried to discredit the method, whereas offering no proof of safety flaws within the time-tested system.

YouTube first launched data panels two years in the past, including quick blurbs that seem beneath false or deceptive movies and goal to debunk misinformation by linking to correct sources. Since then, the corporate has added the panels to movies about COVID-19, the moon touchdown and different topics rife with conspiracy theories. 

The panels have not at all times labored as deliberate prior to now. When the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris went up in flames final April, YouTube’s algorithm unintentionally displayed an data panel on the 9/11 terrorist attacks as a result of the software program made a mistake in analyzing the photographs within the video. After the fireplace, YouTube mentioned its methods made the “mistaken name.”

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Richard Nieva