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YouTube takes 210 channels offline due to influencing the Hong Kong situation

2019-08-22T21:19:59.909Z

Google has taken 210 YouTube channels offline this week due to suspicious activity. The relevant accounts may have been part of a coordinated campaign to influence the political situation in Hong Kong, the company reports Thursday.


Google has taken 210 YouTube channels offline this week due to suspicious activity. The relevant accounts may have been part of a coordinated campaign to influence the political situation in Hong Kong, the company reports Thursday.

The company came across channels that "acted in a coordinated manner when uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong".

The people behind the canals used various methods to hide their origin. Google says that there were also "other activities that are often associated with coordinated influencing campaigns."

The decision follows a few days after Twitter and Facebook deleted accounts because they would be part of a Chinese network. With these accounts, the Chinese government would have tried to influence the protests in Hong Kong.

The protests in Hong Kong, an autonomous region within China, have been going on for almost three months. The actions were initially aimed at a controversial bill that allows extradition to China, but are now also intended to express dissatisfaction with politics and police.

Source: nunl

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