Twitter Needs to Do More about Chinese Disinformation

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Removing fake accounts meant to spread propaganda is fine, but the disinformation spread by verified Chinese accounts is a much bigger problem.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t’s no secret that China attempts to influence online discussion through the use of social media. The scale of its propaganda efforts became slightly clearer last Thursday, when Twitter announced that it had removed from its website over 170,000 accounts it says were created by the Chinese government to spread disinformation, in addition to other accounts owned by Russia and Turkey. The Chinese accounts mostly boosted Chinese Communist Party narratives about the democracy movement in Hong Kong, exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, China’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, and, to a significantly smaller extent, Taiwan.

Removing those accounts — some 23,000

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