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Facebook Parent Meta Removes China-Linked Influence Network Pushing COVID-19 Disinformation

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Facebook Parent Meta Removes China-Linked Influence Network Pushing COVID-19 Disinformation

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An influence operation with ties to China used over 600 Facebook and Instagram accounts to spread disinformation on COVID-19, according to an adversarial threat report released by Meta on Wednesday. Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, said it had in November removed hundreds of accounts on the social media platforms which worked to push false claims, including that the United States pressured scientists to blame China for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. According to the threat report, the influence operation began in July, when an individual posing as a Swiss biologist named Wilson Edwards claimed on Facebook and Twitter that the United States was pressuring World Health Organization (WHO) scientists studying the origins of COVID-19, in an attempt to blame the virus on China. This individual reportedly did so by targeting audiences who were already focused on the WHO, by posting replies to the WHO’s official social …

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