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Communist China manipulated Google’s COVID-19 search results: report

A new report suggests that China exploited Google search results to spread its false narrative about COVID-19.

The Washington Examiner detailed a report that China manipulated Google search results to hide the country’s mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as its heinous human rights record. The report was written by Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington D.C.

The institution “compiled daily data over a period of 120 days on 12 terms related to Xinjiang and COVID-19 from five different sources: (1) Google Search; (2) Google News; (3) BingSearch; (4) Bing News; and (5) YouTube.”

The results showed that China “exploited search engine results on Xinjiang and COVID-19”.

The report said Google News and Bing News were “more likely to run Chinese state media” and that Chinese state media were complicit in the manipulation.

“Chinese state media is remarkably effective at influencing content returned for the term ‘Xinjiang’ in multiple types of searches,” the report said. “‘Xinjiang,’ which is among the most neutral terms in our dataset, consistently returned state-backed content in news searches, with at least one Chinese state-backed news outlet appearing in news searches. Top 10 results in 88% of searches (106 out of 120 search days) On YouTube, state media appeared in the top 10 results in searches for “Xinjiang” in 98% of searches (118 out of 120 search days ).”

The United States has long been concerned about China’s influence online, especially when it comes to social media.

In 2021, NewsBusters reported that the Chinese Communist government had taken a stake and board seat in ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company.

Actor Ashton Kutcher has expressed concern that the country is using TikTok to influence the beliefs of teenagers in the United States.

Kutcher warned that TikTok was being used by China to create “anti-American propaganda” and an “anti-Taiwanese propaganda effort”.

“If I’m China and I want to create a problem in that part of the world, especially a naval problem in the South China Sea, I would probably want to use TikTok to influence the minds of Americans,” he said. -he declares.

TikTok’s privacy policy allowed the platform to share unlimited amounts of user data with ByteDance.

“We may share any information we collect with a parent, subsidiary, or other affiliate of our corporate group,” TikTok’s policy reads.

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