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Twitter dismantles China-backed coronavirus ‘influence operation’

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Twitter introduced Thursday it has eliminated greater than 170,000 Beijing-backed accounts that had unfold misinformation concerning the coronavirus that was favorable to China.

The corporate mentioned it had eliminated some 23,750 lively accounts and 150,000 “amplifier” accounts.

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With the assistance of researchers who analyzed these accounts, Twitter decided the community was an “echo chamber of fake accounts,” Reuters reported.

Two smaller state-backed operations linked to Russia and Turkey have been additionally eliminated, Twitter mentioned.

The community of accounts had hyperlinks to a different state-backed operation that Twitter took down final 12 months.

The brand new accounts, just like the previous operation, pushed deceptive narratives concerning the U.S. and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, Reuters reported.

Renee DiResta of the Stanford Web Observatory mentioned the community’s exercise ramped up in late January because the coronavirus started spreading outdoors China’s borders.

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The accounts heaped reward on China’s dealing with of the pandemic whereas antagonizing the USA and Hong Kong activists, DiResta mentioned.

Final month, the U.S. State Division mentioned it had discovered a Beijing-linked community of inauthentic Twitter accounts spreading misinformation concerning the coronavirus.

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An organization spokesman mentioned Thursday that the community it took down was a unique one than the U.S. State Division had recognized.

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