Hong Kong : In the wake of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong against China’s Extradition Bill, YouTube this week has deleted more than 200 ‘China made’ videos showing the protests in a different light. The video removals come just few days after Twitter said it had suspended more than 200,000 accounts it linked to a Chinese government influence campaign against the protests. Facebook also said it had suspended accounts and removed pages after being notified by Twitter.
Various social media companies have faced criticism about the spread of misinformation on their sites and have taken actions to combat the spread in recent months.
A series of protests have begun in Hong Kong against an extradition bill proposed by the government of Hong Kong. If enacted the bill would allow authorities to detain and extradite people who are wanted in territories that Hong Kong does not have extradition agreements with, including mainland China and Taiwan. Some fear the bill would place Hong Kongers and visitors under mainland Chinese jurisdiction, undermining the autonomy of the region and citizens’ rights.