COVID-19: Facebook removes Chinese-backed network of fake accounts spreading coronavirus disinformation

COVID-19: Facebook removes Chinese-backed network of fake accounts spreading coronavirus disinformation

12/2/2021 6:41:00 AM

COVID-19: Facebook removes Chinese-backed network of fake accounts spreading coronavirus disinformation

The false profiles, with links to Chinese-backed agencies, originated and spread false claims the US pressured scientists to blame China for COVID-19.

The bogus profiles originated claims the US pressured scientists to blame China forCOVID-19.An investigation found these claims were amplified by employees of Chinese state-run companies, soon becoming the subject of domestic news headlines."In effect it worked like an online hall of mirrors, endlessly reflecting the original fake persona and its anti-US disinformation," Ben Nimmo, who leads investigations into disinformation at Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, said.

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The social media company said one of the accounts belonged to a fictitious Swiss biologist named Wilson Edwards.AdvertisementImage:The Wuhan Institute of Virology that it is claimed COVID-19 may have escaped fromIn July, when the operation began, Mr Wilson's profile claimed US officials were using"enormous pressure and even intimidation" to get scientists to back calls for renewed investigations into the origin of coronavirus.

Within hours, hundreds of other accounts - some only created only that day - began liking, reposting or linking to the post.

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