Google recently announced that its video-sharing platform, YouTube, has taken down more than 2,000 Chinese channels, and some Russian and Iranian channels in response to the investigations in the said “coordinated influence operations” running in the platform.
In an ongoing report of terminated channels that run coordinated influence operation campaigns that started in April, YouTube shows it has recently removed a total of 2,701 channels that either posted nonpolitical content, spam, racial justice protests, or domestic Russian and international policy issues amongst others. YouTube also removed AdSense accounts and blogs which were found posting the same content as the terminated channels.
Relations Between the United States and China Becoming More Tense
Whether it’s because of technology or political reasons, China and the US are in its worst relationship so far. In late July, China ordered the closure of the US consulate located in Chengdu as a response to the US closing China’s consulate in Houston, Texas.
In the tech world, one of the most headlined attempts of the Trump administration of excelling over China is its threat of banning a well-known app to Americans, TikTok. TikTok has been accused of sharing private data to the Chinese government that ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, had to repeatedly deny. TikTok has been acquainted with so many issues, most especially security concerns, that its loss even reached $6 billion in July.
The YouTube Community’s Safety
In 2019, it was reported by Tubics that YouTube has more than 31 million creators, uploading 500 hours of content every minute. The removal of the said channels which were noted for their spammy content, is one of YouTube’s attempts to make its community secure, avoiding interference in the November election, like how social media platforms were exploited in the 2016 elections.
In other related news, YouTube creators are facing controversy at the beginning of August. One of which is a YouTube star with over 20 million subscribers, Jake Paul, whose home was recently raided by FBI as part of the “allegations of criminal acts surrounding the incident at Scottsdale Fashion Square,” that occurred in May this year. Meanwhile, Alan and Alex Stokes, also labeled as the “Stokes Twins,” have each been hit with a felony charge for faking bank robberies in Irvine, CA last year.