YouTube closes accounts relating to Hong Kong protests

YouTube closes accounts relating to Hong Kong protests

Google has closed 210 channels on its platform YouTube. The site believes that the accounts were using channels as part of a “coordinated” attempt to post content on the protests in Hong Kong.

In a statement made by the company, it says that attempts had been made to “disguise the origin of these accounts and other activity commonly associated with coordinated influence operations.”

"As part of our ongoing efforts to combat coordinated influence operations, 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," the company wrote in a blog post.

Google also has not shared further details on the material it removed, explaining why or what the content was.

Twitter also has taken action on accounts following the protests in Hong Kong, however unlike Twitter, Google has not stated outright that they believe the Chinese government to be responsible.

Silenced explanations

"This discovery was consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter.”

Twitter’s statement said that many accounts are accessing the site via a virtual private network to access the site undetected, though specific accounts had unblocked IP addresses originating from in mainland China.

Despite saying in their statement that it echoe the observations found by Facebook and Twitter, Google did not explicitly mention the correlation between China and the 210 accounts removed.

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