A report claims that YouTube is automatically removing some Chinese-language phrases criticizing China’s ruling Communist Party.
But the social media behemoth Said The Verge On Tuesday it was due to an “error” and “soon” is fixed.
“After a review of our committees, we have confirmed that this is a bug in our enforcement systems and we are working to fix it soon,” a YouTube spokesperson told the technical website.
A study by The Verge found that anti-Communist ideas were removed before October 2019, when the issue was raised on YouTube’s official help pages.
According to some videos or comments on live streams, “共匪” (“Communist robber”) or “五毛” (“50-cent party”) are automatically deleted in 15 seconds, but the English-language translations do not spell out the Chinese characters of Roman Pine.
The word “共匪” is an insult to the Chinese nationalist government decades ago.
“五毛,” (or “Wu Mao”) is a derogatory term for Internet users who pay for direct online debates criticizing the Communist Party, and claims that they receive 50 Chinese cents per post.
The Verge Report says phrases were added to YouTube’s filters to eliminate spam and harmful comments.
They are attacked even if they are used in a positive way.
YouTube has said it relies on automated filters due to changes in its workforce amid the coronavirus infection.
The report stated that the censorship was confusing as Google-owned YouTube was blocked in China.