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Twitter and Facebook announced on Monday that the platforms are removing “inauthentic” accounts discovered to be operated from within the Chinese government. The social media platforms say that the “state-backed” fake accounts are attempting to undermine “the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement” in Hong Kong.
“We are disclosing a significant state-backed information operation focused on the situation in Hong Kong, specifically the protest movement and their calls for political change,” said Twitter in a statement.
Disclosure - Accounts - People - Republic - China
“This disclosure consists of 936 accounts originating from within the People’s Republic of China (PRC),” noted the social media platform.
“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,” said Twitter. “Based on our intensive investigations, we have reliable evidence to support that this is a coordinated state-backed operation.”
Facebook - Twitter - Lead - Statement - Monday
Facebook followed Twitter’s lead and also released a statement on Monday disclosing the removal of fake accounts on its platform.
“Today, we removed seven Pages, three Groups and...
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