Comments Critical of Chinese Communist Party Automatically Deleted by YouTube

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There are reports of the Youtube algorithms participating in the systematic censorship of comments critical of China.

Comments containing phrases that are frequently used to criticize the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on YouTube are automatically deleted within seconds, according to NTD.

A blogger and creator of YouTube focusing on China news and commentary, Jennifer Zeng, observed this issue first on May 13. Under the relevant video that she posted, people confirmed this issue. Taiwan News has also reported the issue.

The Epoch Times tested two phrases, which appeared to be commonly banned, through various YouTube accounts and videos. The comments that contain those phrases were deleted in about 20 seconds.

The owner of YouTube, Google, has yet to respond to requests for comment.

Google has faced criticism for helping develop a censored search app for the Chinese market since 2018. This app intended to connect users’ search history and their phone numbers. It was frozen after people spoke out against the project.

From 2006 to 2010, Google operated a censored version of its search engine in China. However, after the firm announced that a cyberattack had targeted Google email accounts of Chinese human rights activists, Google exited the country.

Based on research, China was criticized for forcing organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience since 2006. Last year, an independent tribunal in London indicated that this state-sanctioned activity had taken place for years in the country “on a significant scale” and is happening today.

With the world’s most complicated system of internet censorship, the regime requires foreign companies to censor “sensitive” topics such as democracy and human rights when they operate in China. Firms are also required to share their data stored in the country.

Google Chief Executive, Sundar Pichai, said that Google “has invested in China for years and plans to continue to do so.”

The State Secretary, Mike Pompeo, said that “We need to make sure that our companies don’t do deals that strengthen a competitor’s military or tighten the regime’s grip of repression in parts of that country.”

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