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.