Google terminates thousand of YouTube channels in China, Russia, Brazil

 

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has removed thousands of YouTube channels in China, Russia and Brazil as part of its organizational influence investigation.

The tech giant has terminated 5,197 YouTube channels and 17 Blogger blogs as part of an ongoing investigation into a coordinated influence operation linked to China.

“These channels and blogs uploaded Chinese-language spam content, mostly about music, entertainment, and lifestyle. A very small subset uploaded Chinese-English content about China-U.S. diplomatic issues. ‘, the company said in a blog post.

The tech giant has terminated 5,197 YouTube channels and 17 Blogger blogs as part of an ongoing investigation into a coordinated influence operation linked to China.

“These channels and blogs uploaded Chinese-language spam content, mostly about music, entertainment, and lifestyle. A very small subset uploaded Chinese-English content about China-U.S. diplomatic issues. ‘, the company said in a blog post.

Google has also suspended 718 YouTube channels as part of its investigation into institutional influence related to Russia.

The company said, “The campaign was associated with the Internet Research Agency (IRA) and shared content in Russian that endorsed Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin and was critical of Ukraine and the West.” said.

Suspended 76 YouTube channels in Brazil. The campaign had Brazil share his Portuguese content in support of Brazilian President Bolsonaro.

Google said it had “suspended eight YouTube channels and blocked the eligibility of two domains from appearing on the Google News surface and Discover as part of an investigation into organized influence related to Russia.” .

It also suspended 27 Russian YouTube channels for sharing content critical of Russia and Western Europe and Ukraine, as well as 30 YouTube channels and 5 AdSense accounts linked to a Russian consulting firm. has been removed.