Google’s Threat Analysis Group Rolls Out Latest Report Highlighting The Removal Of Over 21,000 YouTube Channels

Google’s TAG has just recently published the latest document linked to its operations and how the firm ended up disrupting a whopping 21,700 channels on YouTube.

These channels were terminated for serving as threats to users during Q2 of 2023, which means the months of April, May, and June. Moreover, such operations had to do with different nations like China, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Russia among others.

But that’s not all. Google Tag also deleted several accounts of Google Ads as well as Blogger that happened to be dipped into the investigation and were found to be displaying alarming content and behavior.

This figure is certainly much higher than what the company reported in the previous year. Similarly, we saw close to 20,000 channels get removed at the start of this year. But if there is one country that has been at the forefront and has been causing alarm, it’s definitely China.

The figure for channels hailing from China that put out content that was in violation of the company’s rules continues to rise with time and Q2 of this year was no exception. The total figure keeps on increasing as we speak and now, the total has hit the 19,000 mark.

Today, TAG by Google delineated how it kept on getting leads from other places like LinkedIn and even Graphika which assisted with their investigation on the subject. Other than that, more statistics came from LinkedIn that really did help with the investigation too.

We’ve seen the group help with investigations and other than that, there has been tracking work taking place in the form of 0-day exploits. These were also highlighted in last year’s report by the company.

The figure suddenly dropped and we saw the group outlining how it carried on disclosing more on this front and how cases linked to patches weren’t up for grabs for a very long time.

In other news, we saw a tech giant outline more data portability rollouts while trying to settle for an investigation by another authority in Italy where the company’s API sparked huge debate when rival browsers accused it of monopoly type of behavior.

Now, the firm is issuing new warnings related to how it might be soon getting rid of inactive accounts by this year’s end. Google also updated its policy and says it will pull the plug on those accounts that were dormant for so long.

This won’t take a toll on plenty of accounts that entail videos from YouTube and would end up considering the accounts as active when a signature is obtained every two years or so.

So as you can tell by now, Google is really stepping up to the plate and wants those accusing it of all sorts of things to realize that work is being done from its end. It hopes that soon people realize that it's also interested in ensuring user security is up to the mark.

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