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‘Sowing discord' again? Twitter wades into Hong Kong protests with hunt for ‘Chinese bots'

27 days ago   |   By RT

In another high-profile purge, Twitter has announced the deletion of nearly 1,000 accounts from its platform, citing fears that “Chinese bots” are “sowing discord” in Hong Kong after months of heated protests there.
After coming under fire recently for its alleged role in protests in China, Twitter has taken steps to combat what it called a “significant state-backed information operation focused on the situation in Hong Kong,” according to the company's Monday blog post. In all, the firm said 936 accounts were permanently suspended “for a range of violations” of its policies.
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Twitter and Facebook say China-linked accounts sought to fuel political discord in Hong Kong

Twitter and Facebook say China-linked accounts sought to fuel political discord in Hong Kong

27 days ago   |   By NBC News

Twitter said it pulled down 936 troll accounts, many of which pushed conspiracy theories about the protest groups, according to examples shared by the company.
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China, Which Bans Twitter and Facebook, Is Running a Covert Anti-Hong Kong Protest Campaign, the Social Networks Say

27 days ago   |   By Fortune

Twitter is blocked in China, but that hasn't stopped the country's leaders from using it to launch a coordinated campaign with at least 936 accounts and a vast spam network designed to “sow political discord” during the protests in Hong Kong, according to information released by Twitter on Monday.
An investigation found at least 936 Twitter accounts were tied to “a significant state-backed information operation” originating in China. Those accounts aimed to undermine the “legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement” in Hong Kong. A larger spam network of 200,000 accounts...
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Twitter, Facebook suspend China-linked disinformation campaigns targeting Hong Kong

Twitter, Facebook suspend China-linked disinformation campaigns targeting Hong Kong

27 days ago   |   By Politico

Twitter and Facebook today announced takedowns of Chinese government-linked disinformation campaigns that sought to undermine the protests in Hong Kong. Twitter said in a blog post it has suspended 936 accounts originating in China that were part of a “significant state-backed information operation focused on the situation in Hong Kong,” where protesters have taken to the streets to oppose a bill that would allow local authorities to extradite criminal suspects to mainland China. “Overall, these accounts were deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong...
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Facebook and Twitter Say China Is Spreading Disinformation in Hong Kong

27 days ago   |   By NY Times

The social media companies removed accounts and said they were sowing divisive messages about the Hong Kong protests.
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