YouTube will push ‘authoritative’ liberal sources like PBS and Wall Street Journal leading up to midterms

YouTube intends to interfere in the 2022 midterm elections by promoting so-called “authoritative” sources over independent, non-establishment sources.

In a memo published on Sept. 1st, YouTube official Leslie Miller describes how the video-sharing platform “is connecting people to authoritative information and limiting the spread of harmful misinformation related to the 2022 U.S. midterm elections.”

The memo begins with Miller specifically describing the previous steps the platform has taken to limit the spread of so-called “misinformation.”

“At YouTube, we’re constantly working to make sure we can be a reliable source for timely news and information. That’s why over the years we’ve built policies, systems and teams that raise authoritative content and limit the spread of harmful misinformation,” the memo reads.

The memo continues with Miller describing the specific steps YouTube intends to take to limit the spread of “misinformation” going into the 2022 elections.

“Our driving goal is for viewers to have access to high-quality election news and information. When you search for midterms content on YouTube, our systems are prominently recommending content coming from authoritative national and local news sources like PBS NewsHour, The Wall Street Journal, Univision and local ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates,” it reads.

“This same approach goes for videos in your ‘watch next’ panels. Working in tandem, our systems are also limiting the spread of harmful election misinformation by identifying borderline content and keeping it from being widely recommended.”

Notice Miller’s choices of what constitutes an “authoritative” source: establishment outlets like ABC, CBS, and NBC.

The problem is that these outlets are biased to the left. Moreover, as often noted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, they have their own sordid history of disseminating vast quantities of “misinformation” and “disinformation.”

Regarding the Russian collusion delusion hoax and conspiracy theory, for instance, the most “misinformation,” “disinformation,” and outright lies originated with the establishment press.

Conversely, the most accurate, valid reporting came from the non-establishment outlets that were willing to challenge its flawed premises.

The memo from YouTube’s Miller continues with her vowing to remove “election content that violates our policies.”

“This includes misleading voters on how to vote, encouraging interference in the democratic process, inciting violence, or advancing certain types of elections misinformation. We enforce our policies consistently for everyone, regardless of the speaker’s public figure status or their political viewpoint,” the memo reads.

This, too, is problematic chiefly because of the Hunter Biden laptop story.

Recall that in the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election, bombshell news about then-Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son emerged suggesting impropriety and corruption by both him and his son.

Yet this information was censored by the establishment media and a whole host of social media sites and platforms on the basis that it constituted “misinformation” and “disinformation.”

Not included in YouTube’s memo is any explanation of how exactly it intends to prevent the same thing from happening again.

The memo concludes with Miller describing some of the actions YouTube has already carried out in regard to removing “misinformation.”

“We’ve already removed a number of videos related to the midterms for violating our Community Guidelines and Terms of Service. This includes videos that violated our election integrity policy by claiming widespread fraud, errors, or glitches occurred in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, or alleging the election was stolen or rigged,” it reads.

The problem is that polling data has consistently shown that a majority of Republicans believe the 2020 election was indeed “rigged” in some fashion or another. Why do they believe this? Partly because of what happened to the Hunter Biden laptop story, and partly because of this:

The point is, there are legitimate reasons to question the validity of the 2020 presidential election. Yet on Twitter, these reasons can’t even be discussed, let alone mentioned. How is that fair? It’s not, and that’s the point …

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