Over 2,500 YouTube channels linked to China removed

San Francisco: Google said it has pulled down over 2,500 YouTube channels linked to China in a bid to combat disinformation spread through the video-sharing platform.

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The tech giant said in between April and June, the channels were removed “as part of our ongoing investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to China.

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The content was in general “spammy, non-political” in nature, but certain videos also were related to politics, Google said in a quarterly bulletin on disinformation operations.

Google did not identify the specific channels and provided few other details, except to link the videos to similar activity spotted by Twitter and to a disinformation campaign identified in April by social media analytics company Graphika.

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