TAG Bulletin: Q1 2024

This bulletin includes coordinated influence operation campaigns terminated on our platforms in Q1 2024. It was last updated on March 6, 2024.

January

  • We blocked 4 domains from eligibility to appear on Google News surfaces and Discover as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Italy. The campaign was sharing content in English, Czech and Persian that was supportive of the Russian government and Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine.
  • We terminated 1 Ads account and blocked 2 domains from eligibility to appear on Google News surfaces and Discover as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Israel. The campaign was sharing content in Arabic, Hebrew, English, Spanish, French, German and Farsi that made claims that Europe and the West will be targeted in future attacks by the terrorist organization Hamas.
  • We terminated 2 Ads accounts and 2 Blogger blogs, banned 1 Play developer, and blocked 42 domains from eligibility to appear on Google News surfaces and Discover as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Turkey. The campaign was sharing content in Arabic about the Israel-Gaza war, the government of Yemen, and news and politics in the Arab world.
  • We terminated 1 Ads account and blocked 3 domains from eligibility to appear on Google News surfaces and Discover as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Kuwait. The campaign was sharing content in Arabic that was supportive of the government of Kuwait as well as content about news and politics in the Arab world.
  • We terminated 134 YouTube channels as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Indonesia. The campaigns were sharing content in Bahasa supportive of the Indonesian ruling party.
  • We terminated 5,306 YouTube channels as part of our ongoing investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The coordinated inauthentic network uploaded content in Chinese and English about China and U.S. foreign affairs. These findings are consistent with our previous reports.

Original Source: https://blog.google/threat-analysis-group/tag-bulletin-q1-2024/

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