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Google Disables 210 YouTube Channels That Targeted Hong Kong Protests

Google on Thursday said it disabled a series of YouTube channels that appeared to be part of a
coordinated influence campaign against pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

The announcement by YouTube's parent company came after Twitter and Facebook accused
the Chinese government of backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong's protest
movement and sow political discord in the city.

Google disabled 210 YouTube channels that it found behaved in a coordinated manner while
uploading videos related to the Hong Kong protests, according to Shane Huntley of the
company's security threat analysis group.

Twitter and Facebook announced this week that they suspended nearly 1,000 active accounts
linked to a coordinated influence campaign. Twitter said it had shut down about 200,000 more
before they could inflict any damage.

Facebook said some of the posts from accounts it banned compared the protesters in Hong
Kong with ISIS group militants, branded them "cockroaches" and alleged they planned to kill
people using slingshots.

News Credit – NDTV

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