Google removes thousands of YouTube channels in China; here’s WHY

New Delhi: Last month, Google removed thousands of YouTube channels, including 7,599 channels, one AdSense account and three Blogger blogs, as part of an ongoing investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to China. These YouTube channels and blogs uploaded Chinese-language spam content, mostly about music, entertainment, and lifestyle.

According to the company, “a very small subset uploaded content in Chinese and English on diplomatic issues between China and the United States.” The company also suspended three of his YouTube channels that shared sensational content in Chinese about the war in Ukraine and relations between mainland China and Taiwan. (Please also read:

The company also terminated 515 YouTube channels as part of a coordinated influence manipulation investigation involving 57 YouTube channels in Azerbaijan and Brazil.

Google said it “suspended one AdSense account and blocked one domain’s eligibility to appear in Google News as part of an investigation into its China-related institutional influence.”

Google-owned YouTube last month said in its third quarter (Q3) report that it had removed more than 1.7 million videos in India for violating its Community Guidelines. In the same period, streaming platforms worldwide removed over 5.6 million videos of him for violating community guidelines.

According to the Community Guidelines Enforcement Report, over 94% of these videos were initially flagged by machines, not humans.