Twitter, FB Say China Accounts Targeted Hong Kong Protests

Law360 (August 19, 2019, 8:49 PM EDT) -- Twitter and Facebook on Monday took down nearly 1,000 inauthentic accounts they said were linked to a Chinese government disinformation campaign aimed at undermining the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

In joint blog posts, the social media titans announced what Twitter called a "coordinated state-backed operation" in which Chinese government-linked accounts have targeted the ongoing demonstrations. Twitter said it was taking down 936 accounts on Monday, which the company said are part of a broader network of about 200,000 accounts that it proactively suspended before they were "substantially active" on the platform.

"Overall, these accounts were deliberately and specifically attempting to sow...

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