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CGTN published this video item, entitled “Live: Is Beijing funding YouTubers to make pro-China videos?” – below is their description.
How dare they speak well of China? There must be a reason. @TheTimes says British YouTubers are being funded by Beijing to make pro-China videos on topics like Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Chinese infrastructure. However, the article is missing a few key points, like evidence and the other side of the story. Any response from the YouTubers themselves is notably missing in the article. But we managed to get a hold of them and give them a chance to share their side of the story. How do they choose what content to post? Where do they get their funding? And are they getting harassed for saying positive things about the country where they live? Don’t miss this week’s #HeadlineBuster.CGTN YouTube Channel
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