YouTube Demonetizes Channel for Video About Disappeared Chinese Star

YouTube Demonetizes Channel for Video About Disappeared Chinese Star

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the social media giant has bowed down to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

This time, the video sharing platform stripped ad revenue from a channel that posted a video about .

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Peng is a Chinese star athlete who previously held the world’s number one ranking in doubles tennis.

But after accusing former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexually assaulting her, Peng mysteriously disappeared. Suspiciously, the Chinese government hasn’t commented on her vanishing or whereabouts if it knows anything.

The Silence is Deafening

For the international community, Beijing’s silence is deafening.

CNN reports how Liz Throssell, a spokesperson for the United Nations, and others are demanding transparency from the CCP:

“According to available information, the former world doubles No. 1 hasn’t been heard from publicly since she alleged on social media that she was sexually assaulted. We would stress that it is important to know where she is and know her state, know about her wellbeing,” Throssell said.

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The head of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Steve Simon has said he is willing to lose hundreds of millions of dollars worth of business in if Peng is not fully accounted for and her allegations are not properly investigated.

Yet, instead of worrying about an authoritarian government censoring women—or worse— told a news show that posted a story about the scandal that it isn’t suitable for all advertisers.

They Should Have Said Chinese Advertisers

The Washington Free Beacon adds:

Google, which owns YouTube, is not the only big tech company to carefully monitor content that could be critical of China. LinkedIn has censored British and American critics of the CCP and recently overhauled its LinkedIn China product to remove user posts. Until earlier this year, Facebook removed posts that alleged that COVID-19 came from a Chinese laboratory. Microsoft this year has deepened its collaboration with the Chinese government. Apple spent $90,000 to lobby against a bill that would punish companies that use Chinese slave labor.

Peng, who in 2011 ranked as the 14th greatest female tennis player in the world, has not been heard from since she made the rape allegation against former Chinese vice premier Zhang Gaoli. Chinese state media on Wednesday released a statement they said was from Peng, recanting her accusations. Human rights observers say the statement was likely fabricated or forced and demanded proof that Peng is not being detained.

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