HONG KONG – YouTube recently said on Thursday that it disabled channels that are possibly related to the ongoing Hong Kong protests.
According to ABS-CBN, the video platform made this act in line with Twitter and Facebook’s accusation to the Chinese who allegedly supported a social media campaign that will deny the ongoing pro-democracy movement in the China-controlled region and bring political discord in the city.
Shane Huntley of the security threat analysis group of Google announced that at about 210 channels have been disabled that are detected to be acting in a coordinated way while uploading videos in line with the ongoing posts.
Huntley further said that the said discovery is in line with current actions related to China which, again, was called out by Facebook and Twitter.
Facebook and Twitter also announced on Monday that it suspended at least 1,000 active accounts that are also behaving in a coordinated manner.
Twitter further announced that it shut down 200,000 more that can possibly inflict more damage, saying that these accounts were attempting to bring discord in the region, which includes undermining the validity and political status of the protests on the ground.
As per the report, Facebook further said that some posts from the banned accounts made a comparison between protesters and the Islamic State group militants, further labeling them as “cockroaches” and was allegedly planned to be killed via slingshots.
The Chinese government was allegedly seeking to divert the public opinion about Hong Kong, says the two social media platform.
Twitter further said that it revealed a certain state-backed operation fixated on the situation of the region, especially the protests and their cry for a political change, further saying that it shut down 936 accounts that came from China that gave disinformation.
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