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China Perfecting Its Social Media Disinformation Operations to Influence Americans: Analyst

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China Perfecting Its Social Media Disinformation Operations to Influence Americans: Analyst

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The Chinese regime is perfecting its ability to influence social media users through the spread of propaganda and disinformation, an analyst says, despite encountering few setbacks. Twitter in December removed 2,160 accounts linked to Chinese information campaigns. Most of the accounts were removed because they “amplified” the Chinese Communist Party’s narrative to stymie allegations of human rights abuses by Beijing against the Uyghur population in Xinjiang, Twitter said. Last year, Facebook also took note of various China-based operations when it was alerted to an account purporting to be a Swiss biologist named Wilson Edwards. According to the fake biologist’s Twitter and Facebook postings, “the United States was putting pressure on World Health Organization scientists studying the origins of COVID-19 in an attempt to blame the virus on China.” Chinese state media outlets, including the Global Times and People’s Daily, then began running pieces quoting the fake scientist with headlines about …

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