Chinese influence? YouTube deletes Communist Bandit in comments

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Type 共匪 in YouTube comments and it will disappear in 15 seconds. Google and Youtube under Chinese influence delete Chinese Bandit in comments

Google seems to take Chinese orders pretty seriously. Chinese YouTube fans on Wednesday discovered that YouTube automatically deletes the Chinese term 共匪  which means “communist bandit” within 15 seconds.  On Wednesday, human rights activist Jennifer Zeng posted a video of a person entering the epithet “communist bandit” (共匪) in the comment box beneath a YouTube video. Within 15 seconds after posting the comment, it mysteriously and inexplicably disappears.

Ms.Zeng is a vocal critic of Chinese Junta and has been tweeting about the Wuhan coronavirus situation since it was first reported in December 2019.

The term Chinese Bandit in English seems harmless but the Chinese connotation is considered derogatory by the Chinese government. It is an anti-communist slang which was first coined by the Kuomintang in the early 20th Century and was used extensively by the Chiang Kai-shek government during the martial law era in Taiwan. After the Communist takeover of China, Communist Bandit was disallowed and considered derogatory by the Chinese junta.

YouTube is quite popular in China and needs the big Chinese market for growth. This may be the reason why Google is listening to the Chinese government and deleting the term 共匪 from comments. Considering Google’s position in the western world about allowing dissent, this move to delete the comment is surprising. It had been recently accused of demonetizing content that is critical of the Chinese Communist Party and China’s handling of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

I tried the same by copy-pasting 共匪 in an old Quake 2 YouTube video comments and the first time it was deleted within 15 seconds as Ms.Zeng tweeted. However, the second time I tried in both Chinese as well as English language, YouTube did not delete the comment.

Type 共匪 in YouTube comments and it will disappear in 15 seconds. Google and Youtube under Chinese influence delete Chinese Bandit in comments

Maybe they delete it only from Chinese videos. Either way, this is not done! Google.

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