YouTube takes down 210 Hong Kong-linked channels | Security | News | Rapid TV News
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In a move that it says protects its users and the integrity of its platform, Google has disabled 210 channels on YouTube when it discovered suspicious activity regarding videos related to the current protests in Hong Kong.

YouTube logo 23AUg2019Specifically, Google discovered YouTube channels that behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related.

The online video provider found use of VPNs and other methods to disguise the origin of these accounts and other activity commonly associated with coordinated influence operations. It added that the discovery was consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter.

“My team works with others across Google to detect phishing and hacking attempts, identify influence operations and protect users from digital attacks,” said Shane Huntley, threat analysis group at Google Security.

“These actions are part of our continuing efforts to protect the integrity of our platforms and the security and privacy of our users. 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.”