Google is stepping up its efforts to remove state-sponsored content from its platforms, with the company recently pulling 39 YouTube channels.
The channels in question were said to be part of an Iranian influence campaign and linked in particular with the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, the company explained in a blog post about the removal.
“To complement the work of our internal teams, we engage FireEye, a leading cybersecurity group, and other top security consultants, to provide us with intelligence. For the last two months, Google and Jigsaw have worked closely with FireEye on the influence operation linked to Iran that FireEye identified this week,” writes senior vice president of global affairs Kent Walker.
Along with the 39 YouTube channels, Google also identified and removed six Blogger blogs and 13 Google+ accounts found to have infringed in a similar fashion.
“Our investigations on these topics are ongoing and we will continue to share our findings with law enforcement and other relevant government entities in the U.S. and elsewhere, as well as with others in the industry,” adds Walker.
This action from Google follows a similar course taken by Facebook earlier in the week, which purged an estimated 600 pages linked to both Iranian and Russian state-sponsored influence campaigns.
While it remains unclear whether Google’s measures will stem any sort of Iranian influence, Silicon Valley as a whole appears to be taking more decisive measures in dealing with hackers and their attempts to effect political spheres.
So much so in fact, the Buzzfeed is reporting on a “secret” meeting that several tech companies are planning to host in San Francisco, with the intention of developing a strategy to deal with outside influence in the lead up to the 2018 congressional elections happening in the US in November.
Hopefully the strategy they come up with proves successful in dealing with the rise of hacker group and state-sponsored influence.