In its blog post, YouTube said it would ban videos that gave viewers the wrong date, spread false information about participating in the 2020 census. or spread lies about a political candidate's citizenship status or eligibility for public office.
The company also said it would ban videos that attempt to impersonate another person or channel, misrepresent that person’s country of origin or hide their association with a government actor. Users also will be banned for artificially inflating the number of views, comments, likes or other metric formula by using automatic systems or by posting videos to unsuspecting viewers.
Ivy Choi, a YouTube spokeswoman, told the Times a video's context and content would determine whether it was taken down or allowed to remain on the site.
Choi added that YouTube would target videos that were “technically manipulated or doctored in a way that misleads users beyond clips taken out of context,” the newspaper reported.
Renée DiResta, the technical research manager for the Stanford Internet Observatory, told the Times that YouTube's new policy was trying to address "what it perceives to be a newer form of harm."
“The downside here, and where missing context is different than a TV spot with the same video, is that social channels present information to people most likely to believe them,” DiResta said.