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TAG Bulletin: Q2 2021

May 26th, 2021

This bulletin includes coordinated influence operation campaigns terminated on our platforms in Q2 2021. It was last updated on May 26, 2021.

April

  • We terminated 3 YouTube channels as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to El Salvador. This campaign uploaded content in Spanish focusing on a mayoral race in the Santa Tecla municipality. Our findings are similar to findings reported by Facebook.
  • We terminated 43 YouTube channels as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Albania. This campaign uploaded content in Farsi that was critical of Iran’s government and supportive of Mojahedin-e Khalq. Our findings are similar to findings reported by Facebook.
  • We terminated 728 YouTube channels as part of our ongoing investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to China. These channels mostly uploaded spammy content in Chinese about music, entertainment, and lifestyle. A very small subset uploaded content in Chinese and English about protests in Hong Kong and criticism of the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These findings are consistent with our previous reports.