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Beijing Hired ‘Real Housewives’ Star, Paralympian, TikTok Influencers to Boost Winter Olympics

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Beijing Hired ‘Real Housewives’ Star, Paralympian, TikTok Influencers to Boost Winter Olympics

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A “Real Housewives” star, a Paralympian, and a top TikTok celebrity are among social media influencers the Chinese regime financed to help boost the image of the Beijing Winter Olympics in the minds of millions in the United States and elsewhere, new Justice Department records show. The social media posts promoting Beijing’s narrative on the Games came from roughly a dozen popular social media accounts on Instagram, YouTube, live-streaming app Twitch, and the video sharing platform TikTok, reaching millions of fans who follow the influencers who typically share about food, travel, social issues, sports, and beauty products. The organizer behind the social media blitz was New Jersey-based consulting firm Vippi Media, engaged in November by the Chinese consulate in New York under a $300,000 contract to promote the Beijing Games and elevate U.S.-China relations. The ads, scattered in stories, short videos, and posts from January through March, reached a total …

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