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Google announced Thursday that it had disabled 210 YouTube channels that were uploading videos “in a coordinated manner” about the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.The announcement came three days after Twitter and Facebook announced they had shut down a network of hundreds of accounts that were posting content aimed at undermining pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Some of the accounts posed as news organizations and independent entities but in fact had links to the Chinese government, both companies said.

Source: CNN Technology News

Date: August 21st, 2019

Link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/22/tech/youtube-china-hong-kong/index.html

Discussion

  1. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube (Google) shut down accounts “aimed at undermining pro-democracy protesters…” Should companies be allowed to make decisions about the content that is shared across their platforms?
  2. How might Twitter, Facebook and YouTube (Google) have determined, in a reliable, repeatable process, that an account is “undermining pro-democracy”?

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