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According to Twitter and Facebook, the Chinese government ran a social media campaign aimed at protesters in Hong Kong. Both companies announced they had removed fake accounts from their platforms Monday morning. Twitter said it had removed nearly 1,000 fake accounts:
This disclosure consists of 936 accounts originating from within the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Overall, these accounts were deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground. Based on our intensive investigations, we have reliable evidence to support that this is a coordinated state-backed operation. Specifically, we identified large clusters of accounts behaving in a coordinated manner to amplify messages related to the Hong Kong protests.
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Twitter added that there was a much larger mass of 200,000 accounts which were created after the initial accounts were suspended but which hadn’t become active. Twitter suspended those accounts as well. Meanwhile, Facebook announced a very similar conclusion:
Today, we removed seven Pages, three Groups and five Facebook accounts involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior as part of a small network that originated in China and focused on Hong Kong. The individuals behind this campaign engaged in a number of deceptive tactics, including the use of fake accounts...
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