Just Google published a blog post revealing that it has turned off 210 YouTube channels that the company says they acted in a coordinated way while uploading videos with regard to ongoing protests in Hong Kong. Google calls the behavior consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter. & # 39; The accounts were disabled earlier this week.
Both Facebook and Twitter have recently discovered and suspended accounts that the social media companies think were run by the Chinese government and intended to sow and undermine doubts about ongoing protests in Hong Kong. Twitter has suspended nearly 1,000 accounts linked to China and Facebook has removed several pages, groups, and accounts that were linked to the attempt to disseminate information that was opposed to the protests.
"We found the use of VPNs and other methods to hide the origin of these accounts and other activities that are often associated with coordinated impact operations," wrote Shane Huntley of Google's Threat Analysis Group in the blog post. "These actions are part of our ongoing efforts to protect the integrity of our platforms and the safety and privacy of our users."
Google also took the opportunity to address the movements it has recently taken against the Government of Kazakhstan, which recently forced citizens to install a security certificate that gave the government a broad power to spy on Internet activities and "decrypt and read everything a user types or posts, including intercepting their account information and passwords."
"These actions are part of our ongoing efforts to protect the integrity of our platforms and the safety and privacy of our users," Huntley said, adding that the Google teams "will continue to identify bad actors, terminate their accounts and provide relevant share information with law enforcement and others in the industry. "