Google says it has removed more than 2,500 YouTube channels tied to China as part of its effort to decontaminate the videosharing platform.
The company, owned by Alphabet, said the channels were removed between April and June “as part of our ongoing investigation into coordinated impact operations involving China.”
Channels typically post “spammy, non-political content”, but a small subset on politics has been touched upon, the company said in a quarterly bulletin on discharge operations.
Google did not identify specific channels and provided some other details, except for linking the video to similar activity spotted by Twitter and a disinfection campaign identified in April by social media analytics company Graphica.
The Chinese embassy in the US did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Beijing denies allegations of spreading dissolution in the past.
Disinformation fueled by foreign actors has become a burning concern for American politicians and technologists since the 2016 presidential election, when actors associated with the Russian government sent hundreds of thousands of misleading messages to the social media ecosystem.
Many have tried to avoid a repeat of 2016 over the past four years, with companies like Google and Facebook regularly releasing updates on how they are promoting online.
The bulletin also mentions activity related to other countries including Iran and Russia.