(ReliableNews.org) – Reports recently surfaced that YouTube has been deleting comments critical of the Communist Party of China. Some of the language removed included derogatory names for the party such as “communist bandit.” The social media giant is now admitting to the deleted comments but claims it was a mistake.
As far back as 2019, people complained on YouTube Help, the site’s community forum, about their comments being censored. On April 25, a Twitter user complained about it as well.
YouTube has deleted every comment I ever made about the Wumao (五毛), an internet propaganda division of the Chinese Communist Party. Who at Google decided to censor American comments on American videos hosted in America by an American platform that is already banned in China?
— Palmer Luckey (@PalmerLuckey) May 26, 2020
A spokesperson for YouTube responded to an email from The Verge and claimed the removal of the comments was “an error” in their “enforcement system. The “error” has been happening for months and they’ve failed to correct it even after users complained. Some people, like Donald Trump Jr., aren’t buying it.
Yea “Accidentally!” GTFO
How fricken stupid do you think people are? The censorship and bias of Silicon Valley must stop now!!! https://t.co/6llUos4mb2
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 26, 2020
YouTube isn’t the first to be accused of toeing the Communist Party’s line. President Donald Trump said the World Health Organization (WHO) was a “puppet” of China and blamed them for pushing Chinese propaganda which delayed the global pandemic response. Officials in Beijing are censoring their own medical researchers and not allowing them to publish anything related to the origin of the coronavirus without approval first. With all of that, it’s easy to understand why people aren’t taking the social media giant’s excuse at face value.
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