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Google announced on Thursday that it was shutting down 210 to the YouTube channel after the company learned that they were bound by the misinformation on the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
The announcement came after the Twitter-and Facebook is suspended almost 1,000 accounts linked to a Beijing-backed disinformation campaign. YouTube also has a lot to do with the pressure in order to remove China’s state media advertising on their videos.
“Earlier this week, as part of our on-going efforts to combat the co-ordinated impact of operations, we are off up to 210 channels on YouTube and when we found out the channels in this network are located in a co-ordinated way during the upload of videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong,” Shane Huntley of Google’s Security-Threat Analysis Group, said in a blog post.
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Protesters hold placards during a demonstration at the International Airport of Hong Kong. (Photo by Aidan March/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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“We believe the use of a Vpn or other methods to disguise the origin of any of these accounts, and any other activities which are often associated with co-ordinated impact to operations,” Huntley added.
Google’s explanation does not explicitly blame the Chinese government for its misleading financial statements.