Google, YouTube to remove ‘problematic content’ on PH elections

Google and YouTube announced a series of product features, partnerships, and programs to help connect voters to timely information on Philippine elections, while protecting its integrity.

The video streaming platform will be utilized by Google by providing the Election Information Panels while also removing election-related violative content as well as reducing harmful misinformation.

As Google has been investing in and supporting media literacy programs, these election-related campaigns shall be of great help to millions of voters in the lead-up to the May 9, 2022 national and local elections.

Election Information Panels

YouTube will provide Election Information Panels that connect users easily to authoritative and election-related information.

The Candidate Information panel will provide voters with relevant candidate information about a presidential or vice-presidential candidate when they search for their names on YouTube.

This includes the candidate’s political party, what office they are running for, and further information about the party sources from non-partisan, third-party references.

The How to vote Information panel, meanwhile, helps people learn more about the voting process.

The panel will surface on YouTube for all searches related to “how to vote” and shall link to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) website which features relevant materials, requirements, the step-by-step voting process.

No more violative content, misinformation

YouTube’s elections misinformation policies will likewise be in place throughout the campaign period.

In fact, from February 2021 to January 2022, the platform removed over 400,000 videos uploaded from the Philippines for violating Community Guidelines.

YouTube’s election misinformation policies prohibit any content that:

  • Misleads voters about time, place, means, or eligibility requirements for voting, or false claims that could discourage voting;
  • Advances false claims related to the technical eligibility requirements for current political candidates and sitting elected government officials to serve in office;
  • Encourages others to interfere with democratic processes; and
  • Contains hacked information, including disclosure of which may interfere with the democratic process.

Supporting fact checking

In addition, the Google News Initiative (GNI) supports Meedan’s #FactsFirstPH, a coalition of more than 100 groups that aim to fight misinformation ahead of the Philippine elections.

The coalition includes news organizations like Rappler, civil society organizations, business groups, faith-based communities, research groups, and legal organizations.

GNI also partnered with the University of the Philippines (UP) to launch a journalist training series and provided support to tsek.ph, a fact-checking project led by UP.

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