Google takes down 2,500 Chinese You Tube channels for ‘disinformation’

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  • Google has reportedly taken down 2,500 You Tube Channels with alleged link to China
  • They were removed from the video-sharing platform between April and June
  • Most of the banned channels are being accused of generally posting “spammy, non-political content”

Google has reportedly removed more than 2,500 channels on You Tube with Chinese ties because of alleged disinformation on the video-sharing platform.

While the Alphabet-owned company did not specifically identify the channels affected, it said they were taken down between April and June “as part of our ongoing investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to China”.

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Most of the banned channels are being accused of generally posting “spammy, non-political content” with some of them touching on racial justice protests in the US.

The contents were posted mainly in Chinese language, according to a report from Google’s Threat Analysis Group. The Threat Analysis Group is tasked to monitor and combat government-backed hackings and attacks.

This comes just a few months ahead of the next US general election as both countries engage themselves in a tense battle over technology and social media. Just recently, President Donald Trump has denounced Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat over ‘significant threats’ to security and privacy.

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Meanwhile, the Chinese foreign ministry has accused US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of trying to “draw an iron curtain” and create divisions; describing Americas’ actions against TikTok and other Chinese apps a “a textbook case of bullying”.

“Anyone can see through clearly that the intention of the US is to protect its monopoly position in technology and to rob other countries of their proper right to development,” said Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in a recent interview with state news agency Xinhua.