Students attend a rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong on August 22, 2019.

Enlarge / Students attend a rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong on August 22, 2019. (credit: ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)

YouTube has disabled 210 accounts linked to the recent protests in Hong Kong, Google announced in a carefully worded blog post on Thursday. Google says the removals are "consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter."

Earlier this week, Twitter deleted hundreds of accounts connected to the Hong Kong protests. Twitter described it as a "significant state-backed information operation focused on the situation in Hong Kong." Twitter tipped off Facebook, which deleted several accounts.

In plain English, Twitter suspected that the Chinese government created or hijacked a bunch of accounts to post propaganda defending Hong Kong's police and attacking Hong Kong's pro-democracy protestors. Facebook and YouTube followed up by deleting accounts on their platforms with similar patterns of misinformation.

Read 5 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Top