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In the midst of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, Google announced that it disabled 210 YouTube channels associated with “coordinated influence operations” in the region.
The videos related to the protests and were likely used to drive political standpoints.
“We found use of VPNs and other methods to disguise the origin of these accounts and other activity commonly associated with coordinated influence operations,” Google said a blog post.
The company further noted its actions to protect users in Kazakhstan who were made to download a government-issued browser certificate exposing all their online activity and passwords.
According to the company, over 4 000 “government-backed attack” warnings are sent out to users every month.
“These actions are part of our continuing efforts to protect the integrity of our platforms and the security and privacy of our users,” Google also said.
In Hong Kong, the pro-democracy protests continue to intensify.
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