Google says China used YouTube to meddle in Hong Kong protests

TechCrunch | 8/22/2019 | Staff
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Google has disabled 210 YouTube accounts after it said China used the video platform to sow discord among protesters in Hong Kong.

The search giant, which owns YouTube, followed in the footsteps of Twitter and Facebook, which earlier this week said China had used their social media sites to spread misinformation and discord among the protesters, who have spent weeks taking to the streets to demand China stops interfering with the semi-autonomous region’s affairs.

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Earlier this week Twitter said China was using its service to “sow discord” through fake accounts as part of a “a coordinated state-backed operation.”

In a brief blog post, Google’s Shane Huntley said the company took action after it detected activity which “behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.”

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“This discovery was consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter,” said Huntley.

In line with Twitter and Facebook’s findings, Google said it detected the...
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