YouTube's aggressive effort to combat misinformation on the Google-owned platform has developed blind spots.
Ahead of the midterm elections, propaganda watchdogs say they are concerned that what has been described as an aggressive effort by YouTube to combat misinformation on the Google
In particular, they are worried about a service like YouTube's TikTok that offers very few videos and the platform's videos in Spanish.
But the situation is hard to grasp; clearly, more than a dozen researchers said in interviews with The New York Times, both because they have limited access to the data
YouTube banned videos alleging widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election but failed to set a comparable policy for the midterm, a move that drew criticism from some watchd
YouTube spokeswoman Ivy Choi said the company disagrees with some of the criticism about its work fighting disinformation.
YouTube said it removed several videos flagged by the Times for violating its policies on spam and election integrity and determined the other content did not violate its policies.
YouTube has also pledged $15 million to hire more than 100 additional content moderators to help with Brazil's midterm and presidential elections.
According to research and analysis from Media Matters and Equis, a nonprofit focused on the Latino community, and YouTube has also had trouble curbing misinformation in Spanish.
Nearly half of Latinos look for news on YouTube every week, said Jacobo Licona, a researcher at Equis, more than any other social media platform they have.