YouTube announced today that it closed 2,596 China-based channels between April – June 2020. It has been announced that these channels are used for coordinated impact operations.
YouTube announced today that it has closed several China-based accounts as part of “coordinated impact operations”. 277 accounts were closed in the first 3 months of 2020. Between April and June, 2,596 accounts were reportedly closed.
Saying that it has closed channels that produce mostly non-political spam content, YouTube also reported that Chinese accounts that publish political content related to the Covid-19 incidents in the USA have also been closed.
Used as global propaganda tools
This kind of content, which also appeared in the Graphika report, was used as global propaganda tools on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms besides YouTube. The accounts that were removed were found to use both Chinese and English texts, along with video footage from pro-Chinese government channels. The political content in question; It was placed in the form of spam in unrelated places such as basketball, model, and TikTok videos. It is thought that the reason why the contents are included in such videos is to camouflage the political content.
In June, there were also manipulating videos about the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, which led to prolonged protests in the United States, as well as racial justice issues. Google stated that there are a lot of such accounts in Russia and Iran, apart from channels that are banned in China.
YouTube; It closed the channel 186 in April, 1,098 in May and 1,312 in June. It is thought that YouTube and other social media platforms will close the channels used to achieve this kind of coordinated effect in the coming days, as before.