‘Results may not be final’: YouTube adding warning to searches, videos on Election Day

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YouTube announced on Tuesday that it is adding warnings to searches and videos on Election Day, the latest move as social media companies race to curb misinformation. 

YouTube said in a blog post that it will place an “information panel” at the top of results for searches related to the election and under videos that discuss the election.

The panel will note that “election results may not be final” and link to Google’s election results feature that will enable users to track the election in real time. Election results will be provided by The Associated Press.

The company wrote in a separate blog post that it will continue promoting “authoritative” news sources — like CNN and Fox News — for election-related news and information. It also said its recommendations system will “also keep limiting the spread of harmful election-related misinformation and borderline content.” 

Over the past couple of months, social media companies have been working to combat misinformation about politics, particularly in the build-up to the Nov. 3 general election. 

Last month, both Google and Facebook announced bans on election-related advertising. Google, YouTube’s parent company, said it would bar election-related advertising after all polls close on Nov. 3 for at least one week.

Meanwhile, Facebook stopped accepting political advertising leading up to the election. Facebook also plans to label posts from candidates that may prematurely declare victory next Tuesday.

Twitter said on Monday that it will place “pre-bunk” messages on top of users’ feeds preemptively debunking common election misinformation, particularly on the safety and accuracy of mail-in voting. Earlier this month, Twitter rolled out a series of policy updates to counter the spread of misinformation around the elections.

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