YouTube Disabled 210 Accounts for Spreading Disinformation about Hong Kong Protests
Google has just posted in its blog that they disabled 210 YouTube channels, which the company said: “behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.” Besides, Facebook and Twitter recently discovered and blocked accounts that by the opinion of social media were managed by the Chinese government and were intended to dispel doubts and undermine ongoing protests in Hong Kong. Twitter has suspended nearly 1,000 accounts related to China, and Facebook has removed various pages, groups, and accounts related to an attempt to disseminate information opposing the protests. “We found a use of VPNs and other methods to disguise the origin of these accounts and other activity commonly associated with coordinated influence operations,” Shane Huntley, from Google’s Threat Analysis Group, wrote in the blog post. “These actions are part of our continuing efforts to protect the integrity of our platforms and the security and privacy of our users.”