Twitter and Facebook suspended accounts they alleged were part of a state-backed disinformation campaign. Photo: EPA-EFE

Twitter, Facebook move on Chinese accounts ‘part of much larger conversation on disinformation’

  • Social media giants have been under pressure to stop proliferation of fake news and misinformation since US claims of Russian interference in 2016 poll
  • The two platforms last year stepped up purges of suspicious accounts they claim are part of coordinated efforts by state-backed actors
Topic |   Twitter

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Twitter and Facebook suspended accounts they alleged were part of a state-backed disinformation campaign. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Twitter has suspended hundreds of accounts originating in China for “deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong”. Photo: AP

The ‘spammy network’ of Chinese Twitter accounts meant to ‘sow discord in Hong Kong’

  • Two of the suspended accounts promoted themselves as news sources
  • US company also says it won’t take advertising money from state media
Topic |   Hong Kong extradition law

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Twitter has suspended hundreds of accounts originating in China for “deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong”. Photo: AP
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