Twitter has suspended nearly 1,000 accounts from within China that it found to be deliberately sowing political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the protest movement on the ground.
Twitter and Facebook have suspended numerous accounts that are believed to be tied to a state-backed information campaign originating from inside China.have suspended numerous accounts that they say are tied to a Chinese disinformation campaign against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Twitter it suspended 936 accounts likely related to the activity. The company said the disinformation campaign was designed to "sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political protest movement on the ground." Over the weekend, approximately 1.7 million anti-government protesters gathered in Hong Kong to rally peacefully against the Chinese government, which assumed rule of the former British colony in 1997. Protests erupted in June following a now-suspended bill that would allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China. "Based on our intensive investigations, we have reliable evidence to support that this is a coordinated state-backed operation," the company said in a blog post. "Specifically, we have identified large clusters of accounts behaving in a coordinated manner to amplify messages related to the Hong Kong protests." The move comes after social media site Pinboard warned days earlier that China was using Twitter to distribute posts from state media discrediting the protests. Twitter is blocked in China, but many of the accounts it discovered were using virtual private networks, which encrypt and anonymize web traffic. The accounts it suspended represent the "most active" portion of the broader spam campaign, which it estimates to include about 200,000 accounts. As a result of the announcement, Twitter said it would no longer accept advertising from state-controlled news media entities. WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 5: (L-R) Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey are sworn-in for a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer | Getty Images News | Getty Images The company didn't call out any specific news outlets in the post, but said it was including any entities that are "either financially or editorially controlled by the state." The organizations are still able to use the platform for communication, just not for advertisements. Twitter clarified that the updated policy doesn't apply to taxpayer-funded entities, such as independent public broadcasters. Following Twitter's announcement, Facebook said in a blog post that it was acting on a tip from Twitter. The company removed seven pages, three groups and five accounts involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior targeting Hong Kong. About 15,500 accounts followed one or more of the now-deactivated pages, while roughly 2,200 accounts joined at least one of the groups, Facebook said. "We're taking down these Pages, Groups and accounts based on their behavior, not the content they posted," Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, said in the post. "As with all of these takedowns, the people behind this activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis for our action." Individuals involved in the campaign used fake accounts, some of which had been already spotted and disabled by Facebook's automated systems, to manage pages posing as news sites, post in groups, share content and direct users to sites off of Facebook, the company said. Shares of Twitter climbed more than 3% in afternoon trading. Facebook's stock increased as much as 1.4%. WATCH: Read more: CNBC
Big Tech an arm of the US War State.... Technocracy Censorship Hypocrisy Why is marcorubio and co still up ? hypocrisy Twitter protects American investments in the protest. Bullshit. Twitter is trying to silence the protesters in Hong Kong...pretty disturbing 😐 igeldard That’s called corporate censorship
Here is a clip of Xi after the payoff to Twitter. CCP will be the sole superpower soon. Especially when a left wing lawn chair becomes president. when china blocked twitter, chinese use vpn to access the twitter, they voiced their opinions, telling the truth, however, this is not in the interest of America, so twitter shut them up. 😂 hypocrisy!
can they also suspend all the Russian bot accounts promoting the ridiculous q theory 它（中共）所做的恶，都会让世人 一夜之间，让世人知道。那么所有的人知道了真相以后。 都会经历一次生与死的，炼狱一般的~这样的煎熬。 Are they doing elsewhere? Maybe ‘discord’ is acceptable in some cultures (are you reading this Twitter?).
Twitter shuts Chinese accounts targeting Hong Kong protestsTwitter says it has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that it believes were linked to the Chinese government and a disinformation campaign targeting the protests in Hong Kong. good work Twitter but 200,000 is very SMALL in comparison to the 1 million citizens in china (biggest in the world) so get them before they multiply How many conservatives do they suspend again? It must be pretty close. LMAO....the Chinese gov't is the disinformation campaign.
You mean “censorship “! FunInMia There's probably ten times more Russian bots & troll farms planting dissension here in America! Should only show western media! Forbid show China voice! Haha 🤬 God bless all them beautiful people trying to live a normal life without the enemy trying to take everything they got!!🇺🇸
Is this really news? cnn msnbc do the exact same thing... twitter is a dog of money
Facebook and Twitter Say China Is Spreading Disinformation in Hong KongBreaking News: Facebook and Twitter accused China of spreading disinformation about the Hong Kong protests, shutting down numerous accounts tied to the government FAKE NEWS - Twitter and Facebook decides who they shut down. They need to own this. Ummm. . . so they can do it in China but not here. Hmmm. Wonder why? Nice precedent. Especially since realDonaldTrump spreads disinformation about pretty much everything, multiple times per day. Come on Twitter . . . you can do it.
TheShaneHodge How about ANTIFA? That's what you called Free speech. Ha ha ha ha. China manipulates, Russia manipulates, just US is innocent Twitter is cool😊✌🇺🇸 tweeter is a fake media platform,lots of fake accounts doing misinformation war and stoking violence on it against China,should be held accountable,it reversed white as black,those accounts are from patriotic ordinary Chinese like me,how absurd and outrageous!😡
Its no surprise to many, China cannot be trusted. Does Twitter have a similar investigation into the organization of demonstrations in Hong Kong? In other words, Twitter and Facebook gave in to the pressure from Dictator Xi and are helping in shutting down freedom of expression. Meddling Where is the free speech ?
Twitter ran paid ads from China's state news media criticising the Hong Kong protestsThe posts describe the protests as violent and destructive, and portray Hong Kong citizens as being in favour of ending them. Of course it did. It became a machine for propaganda. It’s the vehicle used by alt right and far right politics ChinaDaily XHNews PDChina was this you naughty bois? Almost all of MSM does the same, that’s how we end up with FakeNewsMedia
Ummmmmm, Communism! Google, YouTube should do something! So in order to protect free speech they ban free speech? I tip my hat to Twitter. Twitter is still ignoring account that are undermining President Trump and his campaign!
The Latest: Hong Kong protesters occupy major roadHONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 5 p.m. Tens of thousands of protesters have occupied a major road in central Hong Kong and are marching onward... Tens of thousands of protesters have occupied a major road in central Hong Kong and are marching onward after a large public park could not contain the droves of participants. INDEPENDENCE FOR HONG KONG!!! china hongkong Hong Kong wants no part of China. Couldn't be more clear. Democracy now.
The Latest: Hong Kong protesters occupy major roadHeavy rain is falling on tens of thousands of umbrella-ready protesters as they start marching from a packed park in central Hong Kong, where mass pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity. Let democracy reign. 💙💚💛🧡❤️💜🖤💜❤️🧡💛💚💙🙌 woohoo Les parapluies d'Hong Kong while they are shouting in the rain. Is it time for the water margin and heroes again? China HongKong Movies books
Hong Kong protesters throng streets under heavy rainTens of thousands of Hong Kongers brave downpours to join an anti-government rally. More here: Freedom..... 🗽🗽🗽 THE WORLD IS CHANGING! PEOPLE ARE AWAKENING