YouTube channels making money from ads, memberships amplify Trump voting fraud claims

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By Paresh Dave
OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – At least nine popular YouTube channels were promoting on Thursday debunked accusations about voting fraud in the U.S. presidential race, conspiratorial content that could jeopardize advertising and memberships revenue they get from the video service.
Reuters found the channels, ranging from ones with 1,000 followers to more than 629,000, endorsing claims that fact-checking units of the Associated Press, Reuters and other organizations have deemed false or inaccurate.
YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc’s Google <GOOGL.O>, has rules that forbid channels using its revenue-generation tools from making “claims that are demonstrably false and could significantly undermine participation or trust in an electoral or democratic process.”
Google said it was reviewing videos from the nine channels as well as others and may suspend ads and membership sales, a …

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