YouTube ‘Reckless’ to Stop Monitoring False Voter Fraud Allegations – Biden Campaign

By Trevor Hunnicutt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign said on Tuesday that a decision by Alphabet Inc’s YouTube to stop monitoring false allegations of fraud in the 2020 race is “reckless” and could lead to violence.

“YouTube’s reckless and irresponsible decision will invite further democratic decline and potential violence, and we urge them to reconsider this policy,” Biden campaign spokesman Kevin Munoz said in a statement.

YouTube said on Friday that the platform would stop removing content that may have spread false claims related to the US presidential elections in 2020 and before.

The platform said while removing the content curbed “some misinformation, it could also have the unintended effect of restricting political discourse”.

Biden’s opponent, former President Donald Trump, has falsely claimed the election was marred by widespread fraud. Trump supporters tried to challenge the result during the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Munoz noted that YouTube’s policy change ‘didn’t erase’ the fact that Biden fairly won the 2020 presidential election and said social media companies played a role in spreading lies in 2020. .

Biden, a Democrat, is running for re-election in 2024, and Trump, a Republican, is seeking his party’s nomination to face Biden again.

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Kanishka Singh in Washington; Editing by Chris Reese, Richard Chang and Tom Hogue)

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