Sure, YouTube “accidentally” repeatedly deleted two phrases that are offensive to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The strange thing about the deletion of the two specific comments is that YouTube is blocked/banned in China. Was this really an “accident”?
Two specific phrases were “accidentally” added to the list of offensive comments that are flagged and removed automatically. YouTube automatically deleted the comment in Chinese, “Gongfei”, which means “communist bandit”, in 15 seconds. They also deleted a term that translates to “50-cent party.” Both terms are considered an insult to the CCP.
The Verge reports:
The automatic deletion of these phrases was highlighted on Tuesday by US technologist and former Oculus founder Palmer Luckey on Twitter. But earlier reports of the issue date back to the middle of May when they were spotted by human rights activist Jennifer Zeng:
#YouTube "automatically" deletes a comment in Chinese, "Gongfei", which means "communist bandit", in 15 seconds.
This person tested 3 times, same result. #油管 15秒內自動刪除「共匪」留言，網友連試三次皆如此。
— Jennifer Zeng 曾錚 (@jenniferatntd) May 13, 2020
The mystery of how the two phrases were placed on the YouTube list continues…