Google terminates thousand of YouTube channels in China, Russia, Brazil
Google has purged thousands of YouTube channels in China, Russia and Brazil as part of an investigation into coordinated influence activities.
San Francisco: Google has purged thousands of YouTube channels in China, Russia and Brazil as part of an investigation into coordinated influence activities.
The tech giant has terminated 5,197 YouTube channels and 17 Blogger blogs as part of an ongoing investigation into China-related coordinated influence operations.
“These channels and blogs mainly upload spam content in Chinese about music, entertainment and lifestyle. A very small subset uploaded content in Chinese and English on Chinese and US foreign affairs,” the company said in a blog post.
Google also terminated 718 YouTube channels as part of an investigation into Russia-related coordinated influence operations.
“The campaign is affiliated with the Internet Research Agency (IRA) and is sharing content in Russian that supports Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and is critical of Ukraine and the West,” the company said.
It terminated 76 YouTube channels in Brazil where the campaign was sharing content in Brazilian Portuguese in support of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
“We terminated eight YouTube channels and blocked two domains that were ineligible from appearing on the Google News and Discover platforms as part of our investigation into harassment practices,” Google said in a statement. coordinated influence with regard to Russia”.
It also terminated 27 YouTube channels in Russia for sharing content that was pro-Russian and critical of Western Europe and Ukraine, in addition to taking down 30 YouTube channels and 5 AdSense accounts linked to a Russian consulting firm.