Google and the US: Winning Friends in China Not

August 7, 2020

DarkCyber spotted this weak beacon of adulting: “YouTube Bans Over 2,000 Chinese Accounts for Coordinated Influence Operations.” The write up states:

Between April and June this year, the company’s division responsible for combating government-backed attacks, Threat Analysis Group (TAG) took down about 2,600 YouTube accounts, significantly up from the 277 channels it blocked in the first three months of 2020. Most of these channels posted “spammy, non-political content”, Google said in a blog post, but some of them were actively participating in a spam network and uploaded political content primarily in Chinese.

Interesting. In an unrelated action DarkCyber wants to thank a reader for sending us a link to this story: “Pompeo Offers $10 Million Reward For Information On Foreign Election Interference.” The article reports:

In his latest speech excoriating China and the American tech industry for helping to enable untrustworthy Chinese companies by including their apps in various app stores, the Secretary of State warned Wednesday that the US was working to rein in Chinese cloud providers, while encouraging US tech firms to drop certain Chinese-run apps from their app stores. Pompeo also revealed the state department would offer $10 million reward for the identity or location of “any person who acting at the direction of a foreign government interferes with US. elections by engaging in certain criminal cyber activities.”

If these reports are accurate, Google and the US are unlikely to be perceived as positive factors in China’s effort to thrive globally.

Stephen E Arnold, August 7, 2020

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