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The Wall Street Journal: Twitter purges 174,000 fake accounts linked to Chinese government

The Wall Street Journal

Twitter says tweets intended to shape opinions in Asia

Twitter says it scrubbed 23,750 accounts that formed the core of the network along with 150,000 accounts that appear to have been set up to make the messages seem popular by liking and retweeting them.

Bloomberg News

Twitter Inc. said it removed about 174,000 accounts from its platform after the social media company concluded they were fake accounts operated by the Chinese government to push its narratives around topics such as the coronavirus and pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

The accounts, removed during the first three months of the year, were intended to be China’s digital foot soldiers in online debates, Twitter

said on Thursday. In January, many of the accounts began praising China’s handling of the pandemic. According to Twitter, most of them tweeted in Chinese languages, an indication that they were intended to shape opinions in Asia rather than the U.S.



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