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Twitter, Facebook take down Chinese disinformation accounts

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Published on August 22, 2019 - Duration: 01:36s

Twitter, Facebook take down Chinese disinformation accounts

'MURICA — Twitter and Facebook say they have dismantled a state-backed social media campaign birthed in China that sought to undermine peaceful anti-Beijing protests in Hong Kong.

According to Reuters, Twitter suspended 936 accounts which appeared to be part of a coordinated state-backed effort coming out of China.

Twitter said these accounts were just the most active portions of this campaign and that a larger, spammy network of about 200,000 accounts had been proactively suspended before they were really active.

Facebook said it had removed a few accounts and pages from a small network after a tip from Twitter.

Reuters reports Facebook said its investigation found links to individuals associated with the Chinese government.

According to CNBC, Facebook removed seven pages, three groups and five accounts which displayed coordinated inauthentic behavior targeting Hong Kong.

Facebook said that about 15,500 accounts followed one or more of the now-dead pages, while roughly 2,200 accounts joined at least one of the groups.

Twitter and Facebook are blocked in China, but available in Hong Kong, which is now going into its 12th week of peaceful anti-government protests.

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