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YouTube shuts down hundreds of accounts over disinformation about Hong Kong protests

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Google’s
video-sharing platform, YouTube, has shut own 210 channels, stating that such
channels formed part of a “coordinated” attempt to post influential material
that goes against the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

The global
search giant stated that such attempts were made in order to “disguise the
origin of these accounts and other activity commonly associated with
coordinated influence operations.”

This action
follows Twitter and Facebook’s accusations of the Chinese government, which
according to the social media giants has been backing a campaign on social
media aimed at discrediting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, whilst also
trying to cause disharmony within the region.

In an online
statement, a representative of Google’s security threat analysis group, Shane
Huntley, said “We disabled 210 channels on YouTube when we discovered channels
in this network behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related
to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.”

Google have
stated this this comes “as part of our ongoing efforts to combat coordinated
influence operations”.

Shockingly,
Twitter and Facebook recently announced that they had suspended around 1,000
active accounts on Monday that were linked to a coordinated influence campaign,
with Twitter also stating that it had shut down around 200,000 accounts before
such accounts could bring about any sort of damage.

When
referring to the accounts that it had shut down, Twitter stated that “These
accounts were deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord
in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of
the protest movement on the ground.”

Furthermore,
Twitter also announced that it will no longer be allowing any sort of ads from
broadcasters that were either financially or editorially controlled by
governments. This comes after the social media giant faced plenty of criticism
for allowing anti-Hong Kong advertisements to be spread across the platform.

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