These YouTube skin-care influencers are linked to The Epoch Times and New Tang Dynasty - 2021-06-08
Beauty Within, a popular skin-care YouTube channel and online boutique, is inconspicuously linked to right-wing disinformation outlets The Epoch Times and New Tang Dynasty (NTD). An investigation from The Atlantic brought the connection to light, but YouTube has taken no action to demonetize the channel.
The Epoch Times and NTD are pro-Trump media organizations affiliated with the Chinese spiritual movement Falun Gong. These outlets have a history of promoting the "Stop the Steal" events both before and after the January 6 Capitol insurrection, pushing content aligned with the QAnon conspiracy theory, and spreading COVID-19 misinformation, among other forms of right-wing propaganda.
With 2.4 million subscribers on YouTube and no mention of politics in its videos, Beauty Within leads viewers to purchase skin-care products from its online store, which lists The Epoch Times' Manhattan office as its headquarters. The stars of the channel, Rowena Tsai and Felicia Lee, promote products through paid sponsorship videos, and their channel is monetized, despite claims from YouTube that The Epoch Times network was demonetized in late January. Viewers, skin-care companies, and Beauty Within customers may not be aware that their money could be funneled to support this insidious right-wing disinformation network.