YouTube automatically deletes comments that mention some Chinese phrases commonly used to criticize the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Chinese netizens have discovered.
Comments that contain such phrases are deleted within seconds, which suggests its the work of YouTubes algorithms.
One apparently banned phrase is “gongfei” (共匪), which can be translated as “communist bandit.” It seems to date back to the Chinese civil war era.
Another phrase that gets deleted is “wumao” (五毛), which literally means “fifty cents” and is commonly used to describe the army of internet trolls the CCP uses to spread its propaganda online. Its rumored the trolls used to be paid around 50 cents per post.
The Epoch Times tested both phrases repeatedly under different YouTube accounts and different videos, always obtaining the same result—the comments were deleted in roughly 20 seconds.
Google, which owns YouTube, didnt respond to requests for comment.
The issue was noted on May 13 by Jennifer Zeng, a blogger and creator of YouTube content with a focus on China news and commentary.
Google has been repeatedly under fire for allegedly cozying up to the CCP.
Since 2018, Google has been cooperating with a leading artificial intelligence (AI) research body at Tsinghua University, a prestigious Chinese academic institution that also conducts AI research for the Chinese military.
Google also faced criticism after information emerged in 2018 that it was secretly developing a censored search app for the Chinese market as part of a project dubbed “Dragonfly.”
According to insider information leaked to the Intercept, the controversial Google app was designed to link users search history with their phone numbers, making it easier for the regime to target dissidents.
Lawmakers, human-rights advocates, and even some Google employees spoke out against the project, which, it appears, has since been shelved.
Google ran a censored version of its search engine in China from 2006 to 2010, but exited after the company said a cyber attack originating from China had targeted Google email accounts of dozens of Chinese human rights activists.
China is one of the worst abusers of human rights, according to watchdogs. In recent decades, the regime has killed hundreds of thousands of prisoners of conscience to sell their organs for transplants, based on extensive research conducted since allegations of the crime first surfaced in 2006.
Last year, an independent tribunal in London, concluded that state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience had taken place for years in China “on a significant scale,” and is still taking place today.
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