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

Move comes amid rising US-China tensions over TikTok and WeChat apps that White House says are ‘significant threats’

The Guardian
Date: 6 Aug 2020
By: Lily Kuo in Beijing and Reuters

Google has deleted 2,500 YouTube channels as part of its investigation into ‘influence operations’ linked to China. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Google says it has deleted more than 2,500 YouTube channels tied to China as part of its effort to weed out disinformation on the video-sharing platform.

The Alphabet-owned company said the channels were removed between April and June “as part of our ongoing investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to China.“

The channels generally posted “spammy, non-political content,” but a small subset touched on politics, the company said in a quarterly bulletin on disinformation operations.

Google did not identify the specific channels and provided few other details, except to link the videos to similar activity spotted by Twitter and to a disinformation campaign identified in April by social media analytics company Graphika.    [FULL  STORY]