YouTube will stop removing content that falsely claims the 2020 US presidential election was plagued by “fraud, errors or glitches,” the platform said Friday, a decision quickly criticized by anti-misinformation advocates.

The announcement by the Google-owned video website is a marked departure from its policy initiated in December 2020, which attempted to curb false claims — most importantly pushed by then-president Donald Trump — that his re-election loss to Joe Biden was due to the vote being “stolen.”

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