Google has deleted 39 YouTube channels and 19 other websites linked to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, a state-run media release, citing "attempted state-supported hacking and impact campaigns." The move comes after Facebook and Twitter drew hundreds of social accounts linked to Iran for similar reasons.
Google's alphabet concluded that the manipulation work began as early as January 2017, Kent Walker, head of global affairs, wrote in a blog post on Thursday. Google worked with the cybersecurity firm FireEye to identify the accounts from Iran. "We can not go into all technical details without giving away information that would be useful to others who want to abuse our platforms," Walker wrote in the post.
Google has encountered less political fire than Facebook and Twitter to let the state-sponsored election receipt spread on its services. But US officials have identified ways that Russian-supported actors used YouTube as a means of political influence. Walker is slated to witness before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign election interference on September 5th.
In the blog post, Walker also said that Google removed 42 YouTube channels related to the Russian-based Internet Research Agency, which sowed controversy on social media before 201
– Bloomberg News