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Twitter Removes Nearly 1,000 Accounts Tied To China’s Campaign Against Hong Kong by SIRTee15: 8:54pm On Aug 19, 2019
Twitter has removed nearly 1,000 accounts and suspended thousands of others tied to a campaign by the Chinese government against protesters in Hong Kong, the company announced on Monday.

Twitter disclosed a “significant state-backed information operation” originating from within the People’s Republic of China (PRC) targeting the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. It removed 936 accounts and suspended approximately 200,000 accounts its investigation found were illegitimate.

“Covert, manipulative behaviors have no place on our service – they violate the fundamental principles on which our company is built,” Twitter said in a statement.


The company released an archive of offending tweets and accounts, many of which accused protesters of violence and being sponsored by western governments. “We don’t want you radical people in Hong Kong,” one deleted tweet said.

The company also announced it would not accept money from any “state-controlled news media entities” in the future, including organizations such as China Daily. The new advertising rules do not apply to tax-funded state media organizations like BBC, PBS, NPR, or CBC.

Following Twitter’s publication of the campaign, Facebook said it hadremoved seven pages, three groups and five accounts belonging to a small network that originated in China and focused on Hong Kong.

“We’re constantly working to detect and stop this type of activity because we don’t want our services to be used to manipulate people,” Facebook said.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/aug/19/twitter-china-hong-kong-accounts

Re: Twitter Removes Nearly 1,000 Accounts Tied To China’s Campaign Against Hong Kong by yanabasee(m): 9:01pm On Aug 19, 2019
APC will wished they had such power to manipulate the way Nigerians post shits about them....
Re: Twitter Removes Nearly 1,000 Accounts Tied To China’s Campaign Against Hong Kong by leofab(f): 11:32pm On Aug 23, 2019
Hmmm

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