YouTube deletes comments about China's government-backed hacker army - 2020-05-26

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F88.png YouTube deletes comments about China's government-backed hacker army May 26, 2020, Ben Gilbert, Business Insider

YouTube has been deleting comments on videos with the phrases "共匪" ("Communist Bandit") or "五毛" ("50 Cent Party") — terms that are associated with criticism of the Chinese government.

The phrases are derogatory in nature, and the latter is a more recent invention that specifically refers to internet users who are paid by the Chinese government to spread propaganda.

Comments that contain either, or both, phrases on YouTube videos are deleted nearly instantly. Business Insider was able to replicate it, with our comments deleted in less than 25 seconds.

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