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Twitter, YouTube, China

What Do Twitter and YouTube Owe China?

Back in May, it was known that users, content creators and freedom of expression activists accused YouTube of exercising censorship

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The social network Twitter and the mass video portal YouTube have shown their great favoritism for the Asian regime, to the point that they have used censorship to try to “wash the face” of one of America’s main enemies. What do they owe China?

Earlier this week, YouTube announced that it will ban the publication of videos denouncing electoral fraud in the United States. This is clear measure that curtails freedom of expression in the country. Meanwhile, the same video website censors comments and criticisms that affect or touch the Chinese regime.

In May, it was known that users, content creators and activists for freedom of expression accused the video platform, owned by Google, of exercising censorship. They were joined by dissidents from the Chinese Communist regime abroad, who claimed that YouTube automatically removes comments critical of the Beijing tyranny.

On that occasion, the website El Mundo reported that comments that include expressions referring to the regime or its army of internet “trolls” are deleted after a few seconds.

The same happens with Twitter, which on one hand censors the messages of the President of the United States, but on the other hand, allows Chinese officials to spread false information with dangerous content.

It’s suspicious that both YouTube and Twitter choose to “pay lip service” to China, even though the Beijing regime maintains strict control of technology, to the point that these same portals are banned in that country. So why does YouTube censor comments that can’t even be read in China?

Twitter, for its part, has reflected a “double standard” in its behavior. It censors Trump after accusing him of issuing false information, but gives Chinese officials the “green light” to post what they think.

Lijian Zhao, deputy director of the Information Department of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shared on Twitter a photo with false information insulting Australia: “Shocked by the killing of Afghan civilians and prisoners by Australian soldiers. We strongly condemn such acts and call for accountability.”

The picture shows a soldier in military uniform and a helmet with the Australian flag pressing a bloody knife against the neck of a child who, in turn, is holding a small lamb. The photograph was edited and retouched to make it look like there is an Australian flag stretched out on the ground above one from Afghanistan.

Beyond the seriousness of what the image represents, the paradoxical way in which Twitter acts was once again evident, censoring publications for “violating the terms” but allowing high officials of the Chinese regime to issue false information.

The level of impudence of the social network is such that even when it had taken action against what it considers “misinformation” about Coronavirus, while it allowed a Chinese state media to lie about the origin of the pandemic.

Faced with this situation, several questions arise that we should not ignore: How is it possible that China, which has become one of the main threats to the United States, is benefiting from American portals and companies that have decided to censor their own country’s leaders? Could the infiltration of Chinese agents in the United States be related to the actions of social networks?

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The head of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, had to explain himself in the U.S. Senate about misinformation in his portal during the election campaign. (Wikimedia)
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Despite the fact that Joe Biden has not yet been formally declared president-elect, and that there are still complaints of fraud in court, YouTube decided to censor the videos related to irregularities in the country’s elections.

The video portal says it will no longer allow users to upload content claiming that President Trump lost the election due to fraud. This means that citizens will no longer have the freedom to vent their claims and statements in that medium.

The consequences of this measure are not yet clear, however, it can be assumed that even videos where the lawyers in charge of the lawsuits report on the status of their claims will not be shown.

Journalist Tim Pool reported through the social network Twitter that YouTube assured him that “you can still say that Trump really won the election. However, no claims of fraud or widespread error can be made in the videos.

It is at least suspicious that YouTube refuses to publish videos that “promote conspiracy theories about elections,” and in turn has allowed an opinion matrix to be generated that also accused Russia of intervening in the U.S. election to supposedly aid Trump.

Why does Twitter do the same thing, harming the American president and censoring his messages? We must remember the statement by Senator Marco Rubio, who links the social network to the Asian regime: “Either Twitter has a double standard with Conservatives or it is afraid of the Chinese government and the Communist Party.”

Do YouTube and Twitter have any outstanding debst with China? Do they somehow prefer to team up with the main enemy of the United States with the sole objective of discrediting Trump? Or is it a way of ingratiating themselves with the Chinese regime so that in the future they can enter one of the biggest markets in the world –a market that, by the way, seeks to dethrone the United States as a world power?

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