Google deletes 2,500 faux YouTube accounts linked to China

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Google mentioned it has deleted greater than 2,500 YouTube channels tied to China that unfold disinformation on the videosharing platform.

The firm mentioned the channels had been eliminated between April and June “as part of our ongoing investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to China”. It added that the channels, which it didn’t determine, usually posted “spammy, non-political content”, however a small subset touched on politics.

Google additionally talked about exercise tied to different international locations, together with Iran and Russia.

The Chinese Embassy within the United States didn’t instantly remark, however Beijing has repeatedly rejected allegations of spreading disinformation.

Disinformation unfold by overseas actors has been a priority for American politicians because the 2016 presidential election, when Russian government-linked actors pumped tons of of hundreds of misleading messages into the social media ecosystem.