Google pulls 2,500 China-linked YouTube channels over disinformation

August 6

Google says it has deleted greater than 2,500 YouTube channels tied to China as a part of its effort to weed out disinformation on the videosharing platform.

The Alphabet-owned firm mentioned the channels have been eliminated between April and June “as part of our ongoing investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to China.”

The channels typically posted “spammy, non-political content,” however a small subset touched on politics, the corporate mentioned in a quarterly bulletin on disinformation operations.

Google didn’t establish the precise channels and offered few different particulars, besides to hyperlink the movies to comparable exercise noticed by Twitter and to a disinformation marketing campaign recognized in April by social media analytics firm Graphika.

The Chinese Embassy within the US did not instantly reply to a message in search of remark. Beijing has previously denied allegations of spreading disinformation.

Disinformation seeded by overseas actors has emerged as a burning concern for American politicians and technologists alike for the reason that 2016 presidential election, when Russian government-linked actors pumped tons of of 1000’s of misleading messages into the social media ecosystem.

Many have spent the previous 4 years attempting to keep away from a repeat of 2016, with firms like Google and Facebook issuing common updates on how they’re combating on-line propaganda.

The bulletin additionally talked about exercise tied to different international locations, together with Iran and Russia. Reuters

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