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Facebook and Twitter accuse China of running disinformation campaign against Hong Kong protesters

By CNBC

Twitter said Monday it suspended hundreds of accounts that are believed to be tied to a "significant state-backed information campaign" originating from inside ChinaRead full story

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  • Given what's happened in recent years with sophisticated attempts at psycho-analyzing and targeting groups online, it's amazing how a government's state-run media outlet could just buy ads pushing a counter-narrative to what's happening in Hong Kong without any issue. It's almost like what tech ad platforms

    Given what's happened in recent years with sophisticated attempts at psycho-analyzing and targeting groups online, it's amazing how a government's state-run media outlet could just buy ads pushing a counter-narrative to what's happening in Hong Kong without any issue. It's almost like what tech ad platforms care most about is revenue, rather than creating healthy and safe platforms for the world to use.

  • The genie is out of the bottle... whether it’s election interference or any disinformation campaign, FB or Twitter can try to swat these posters and more will keep popping up.

    And if the messages are reposted by someone in a person’s network of friends, the credibility of the post goes up.

    The only

    The genie is out of the bottle... whether it’s election interference or any disinformation campaign, FB or Twitter can try to swat these posters and more will keep popping up.

    And if the messages are reposted by someone in a person’s network of friends, the credibility of the post goes up.

    The only way to combat disinformation is to show multiple sides to any story... as in “here’s what other (reputable) sources are saying about this topic...” and let people form their own views.

  • From Twitter's statement: "This disclosure consists of 936 accounts originating from within the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Overall, these accounts were deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of

    From Twitter's statement: "This disclosure consists of 936 accounts originating from within the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Overall, these accounts 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."

    Facebook too https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2019/08/removing-cib-china/

  • I'm confused, it's fine if this is tearing the US apart, but all of a sudden it's a big no no in China?

  • Credit where credit’s due— good on the social media companies for standing up, however nominally, to the CCP’s propaganda machine. For the past decade-plus, corporations have been far too willing to roll over to any Chinese demand.

    Of course, it would be better if the platforms didn’t allow foreign

    Credit where credit’s due— good on the social media companies for standing up, however nominally, to the CCP’s propaganda machine. For the past decade-plus, corporations have been far too willing to roll over to any Chinese demand.

    Of course, it would be better if the platforms didn’t allow foreign dictatorships to buy ads to push blatantly false narratives in the first place... but apparently that’s too much to ask for.

  • Tons of fake news made by government are distributed into the social networks where you can only access via VPN. What a nightmare.

  • At this stage does it make any difference in Hong Kong. Is it possible the audience is in mainland China.

  • I think there needs to be greater accountability for social media platforms to ensure they are not promoting false state-sponsored narratives, similar to the laws that have been enacted around pedophelia. Tech platforms have the ability to stop misinformation. They just don’t have the right incentive.

  • The asymmetry galls me: Once again governments of closed societies take advantage of open platforms to subvert open societies

  • It is good that #socialmedia are stepping up and taking #responsibility for the power that their platforms create through the force #multiplier effect of social media and the internet. This will be even more important as technologies continue to come to the fore leveraging what is possible for the use

    It is good that #socialmedia are stepping up and taking #responsibility for the power that their platforms create through the force #multiplier effect of social media and the internet. This will be even more important as technologies continue to come to the fore leveraging what is possible for the use of social media as a platform. Today these accounts maybe state coordinated, for the sake of this #information or propaganda and campaigns, but many of these could also be robotic or #automation generated via #AI and controlled for even more malicious activities than just swaying sentiment or creating rhetoric. Towards that end it is critical that there are #regulatory bodies that are technologically savvy enough to develop #ethics and guidelines for technology platforms as well as enforcing #data governance and overall #governance frameworks.

  • At least they are making an effort. This is clearly “practice” for FB and Twitter in prep for the upcoming 2020 campaign in the US.

  • They learned they need to get ahead of these things. Glad they're policing, hope it helps. If this work was done in 2010, 2014, or 2016, it would have been a whole different country.

  • Beijing’s abuse of power is becoming evident in more and more places: racist detention camps, police state surveillance, coordinated attack on democracy activists, threatened paramilitary invasion... every one of these is delegitimizing.

  • Exactly, what is freedom of speech?

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