Study: China Used Twitter Porn Accounts to Target Hong Kong Protests

Study: China Used Twitter Porn Accounts to Target Hong Kong Protests

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ALANA MASTRANGELO

3 Sep 2019

China has been using pornography spam accounts on Twitter to spread discord and disinformation regarding the Hong Kong protests, according to researchers from the International Cyber Policy Center.

Operatives backed by the Chinese government may have been running covert disinformation campaigns on Western social media platforms for at least two years, according to researchers from the International Cyber Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, who released a report on Tuesday. . . .

. . . “One study estimated that the Chinese government pays for as many as 448 million inauthentic social media posts and comments a year.” . . .

. . . A few weeks ago, Facebook and Twitter announced that they were removing “inauthentic” accounts discovered to be operated from within the Chinese government.

The social media platforms said that fake “state-backed” accounts had been “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.” . . .

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