BUSTED: YouTube Deleting Comments Critical of Chinese Communist Party
YouTube is going with the "it was an accident" that certain phrases critical of the Chinese Communist Party have been magically disappearing from the comment sections of their "platform." Since about 2019. This is the same YouTube which also warned people not to go against the World Health Organization's talking points on my shorona corona. The same YouTube that showed favor to a certain celebrity-wannabe of hispanic origin and same sex attraction. What I'm hinting is that, in my opinion, maybe YouTube is lying through its badunkadunk.
From The Verge:
"This appears to be an error in our enforcement systems and we are investigating," said a YouTube spokesperson. The company did not elaborate on how or why this error came to be, but said it was not the result of any change in its moderation policy.
Oh. Maybe it was a result of something else not a moderation policy. Like maybe an artificial intelligence bot thing (I'm not a tech wizard, don't @ me) doing what its programmer wanted it to do, or simply learning from what its programmer wanted it to do.
The phrases in question, which YouTube "accidentally" purged:
Comments left under videos or in live streams that contain the words "共匪" ("communist bandit") or "五毛" ("50-cent party") are automatically deleted in around 15 seconds, though their English language translations and Romanized Pinyin equivalents are not.
Huh. So only the Chinese characters of the phrase are deleted. Because maybe only criticizing the Chinese communists is a problem specifically for the Chinese. Me saying "Those Chinese communists are bandits" doesn't really carry the weight as a I type it from my corner of America, land of the used to be free.
But a resident of China to say the same... that is verboten. I don't know the Chinese for verboten.
The term "共匪" is an insult that dates back to China's Nationalist government, while "五毛," (or "wu mao") is a derogatory slang term for internet users paid to direct online discussion away from criticism of the CCP. The name comes from claims that such commenters are paid 50 Chinese cents per post.
These phrases seem rather specific. Given that they're disappearing and other phrases are not, that seems incriminating. I have to write "seems" and "allegedly" because it seems like big tech "platforms" like Facebook and YouTube are in cahoots.
So, why do you care? Are we really surprised that YouTube might be siding with the Chinese communists? No. I'm not. You're probably not.
How long are we going to pretend that YouTube is an open platform? At what point does YouTube find itself under the microscope for not being free and open platform even though it likes to say that it is? I'm not fooled, and I know you're not fooled. At what point is everyone else going to clue in?
Further, what does YouTube have to gain from kissing up to a nation which already hates it? Doesn't that concern anyone else?
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