YouTube says it has fixed an "error" that deleted comments critical of the Chinese Communist Party, The Verge reports.
Comments left under videos or in live streams that contained the Chinese symbols interpreted "communist bandit" or "50-cent party" were automatically deleted in a matter of seconds.
YouTube blamed the deletions on an error in its "enforcement systems," although it did not explain why it was occurring. The company said it was still investigating the issue, but that it was not the result of a change in its moderation policy.
The phrase "communist bandit" is an insult dating back to China's Nationalist government, while the term "50-cent party" is derogatory slang for users paid to defend the Chinese Communist Party from online criticism.
Although the deletions were flagged as early as October of last year, YouTube did not offer an official response until the incident was reported on Tuesday by The Verge.