China social media accounts suspended over HK protests
Facebook and Twitter said they have moved to shut down Chinese state-backed disinformation campaigns on their platforms that sought to “sow political discord in Hong Kong”.
Twitter said on Monday that it had discovered 936 accounts originating from China, that were “deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground”.
The company said it had suspended the accounts associated with the operation, which it described as a “co-ordinated state-backed operation”.
Separately, Facebook said that it had launched an investigation off the back of a tip shared by Twitter about its campaign, and found and removed about 15 pages, groups and accounts that were “associated with the Chinese government” and “focused on Hong Kong”. About 15,000 accounts followed one or more of the pages, Facebook said.