Biden campaign claims YouTube is inviting ‘potential violence’ by no longer removing videos that allege fraud took place in prior presidential elections

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The Biden campaign blasted YouTube’s recent decision to stop yanking content that claims mass fraud or other issues took place during previous presidential elections.

Biden campaign spokesperson Kevin Munoz claimed that the move will invite possible violence, and he pressed the video platform to reverse course.

“YouTube’s reckless and irresponsible decision will invite further democratic decay and potential violence, and we urge them to reconsider this policy,” Munoz said in a statement, according to Reuters.

YouTube announced the policy shift last week, noting that it will no longer take down videos that claim prior presidential elections experienced mass fraud, errors, or glitches.

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“We first instituted a provision of our elections misinformation policy focused on the integrity of past US Presidential elections in December 2020, once the states’ safe harbor date for certification had passed,” YouTube wrote. “Two years, tens of thousands of video removals, and one election cycle later, we recognized it was time to reevaluate the effects of this policy in today’s changed landscape. In the current environment, we find that while removing this content does curb some misinformation, it could also have the unintended effect of curtailing political speech without meaningfully reducing the risk of violence or other real-world harm.

“With that in mind, and with 2024 campaigns well underway, we will stop removing content that advances false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches occurred in the 2020 and other past US Presidential elections. This goes into effect today, Friday, June 2,” the platform announced.

Former President Donald Trump has maintained that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged.”

Trump lost his re-election bid to Joe Biden in 2020, but the former president may get a rematch in 2024, as he is currently the top GOP primary contender.

And Biden, who is seeking re-election in 2024, will almost certainly secure his party’s presidential nomination, though a couple of Democrats are challenging the incumbent president.

Former Vice President Mike Pence, who served alongside Trump from early 2017 through early 2021, announced a presidential bid on Wednesday. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum also announced a White House bid on Wednesday. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie threw his hat into the ring on Tuesday.

Those three new candidates join a field that includes Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, Larry Elder, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Former Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is also running.

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