Google has disabled 210 YouTube channels that China used to sow discord among protesters in Hong Kong.
tech giant discovered that these YouTube accounts behaved in a
coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing
protests in Hong Kong.
"This discovery was consistent with recent
observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and
Twitter," Shane Huntley, Threat Analysis Group at Google Security said
in a blog post on Thursday.
Google found use of virtual private
networks (VPNs) and other methods to disguise the origin of these
accounts and other activity commonly associated with coordinated
"Each month, our Threat Analysis Group
sends more than 4,000 warnings to our users about attempts by
government-backed attackers or other illicit actors to infiltrate their
accounts," said the company.
Earlier this week, as pro-democracy
protests gained momentum in Hong Kong, Twitter and Facebook suspended
several accounts that were part of the Chinese government's influence
campaign and targeted protest movement in Hong Kong.
it suspended more than 200,000 accounts involved in coordinated
inauthentic behaviour -- including 936 accounts originating from within
Facebook said it removed seven Pages, three Groups and
five accounts that originated in China and involved in posting fake news
pertaining to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has been rocked by a wave of protests because of the
extradition bill, which would have enabled fugitives to be extradited
from Hong Kong to mainland China.
Hong Kong Chief Executive
Carrie Lam said she was willing to create a platform for dialogue, but
will not sanction an independent investigation into police actions
during the political crisis that has rocked the city for almost three