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YouTube was noticed to have deleted comments with content criticizing the Chinese Communist Party from its video platform, wrote Richard Nieva for CNET. The company has dismissed all complaints about the matter, saying that the comments were deleted by accident; because of a technical “error” in its systems.

A representative from the company said that the removal was not a part of a bigger plan. “Upon review by our teams, we have confirmed this was an error in our enforcement systems and we are working to fix it as quickly as possible,” she stated in her speech. The Verge earlier reported that YouTube switched on its automatic algorithm to delete all the comments with inappropriate content to criticize the country’s ruling Communist Party.

The Chinese phrases, which in English mean “communist bandit” and “50-cent party”, were wiped automatically by YouTube’s software settings.

Google is the parent company of YouTube, and it has faced pointed criticism for its close “friendship” with China. It’s not the first time that Google has been in linked in the news with China: as long ago as 2010 the company was kicked off the search market in China after co-founder Sergey Brin cited the government’s “totalitarian” policies, including censorship of the web, as CNET reports.

Two years earlier, Google won a contract to develop Project Dragonfly which was supposed to be a censored search product for China. Some of the restrictions placed on search terms would have been plugged in from the side of the Chinese government, in order to blacklist such terms as “student protest” and “Nobel Prize”. The news about Dragonfly led to the protests among employees and human rights activists.

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