Google terminates YouTube accounts linked to Iran

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Alphabet Inc.’s GOOG, +0.35%[1] GOOGL, +0.34%[2]  Google on Thursday said it had terminated dozens of YouTube channels found to be pushing misinformation on behalf of Iran’s state broadcasting arm.

The announcement marked the third this week from a major technology company about efforts to curtail foreign abuse on their networks.

Google’s investigators uncovered evidence that the accounts it took down are connected with Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting and date back to at least January 2017.

The company said it had terminated 39 video channels on YouTube, six blogs on Blogger and 13 accounts on the Google+ social-networking hub that it found to be linked to IRIB. The YouTube channels had collectively accumulated 13,466 U.S. views on its relevant videos, Google said.

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