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YouTube automatically deleted comments that criticized China's Communist Party

May 27, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
YouTube has admitted that it automatically deleted comments that criticized China's ruling Communist Party.

"We're always working to resolve issues on YouTube," a YouTube spokesperson said.

Users raised the issue on YouTube's official help pages in October 2019, suggesting it was going on for at least six months.

If comments contained the words "共匪" or "五毛" then they were picked up by YouTube's comment filters and deleted in around 15 seconds, The Verge reports.

To complicate matters further, YouTube is technically blocked in China but some citizens use VPNs to get around the issue.