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Twitter said Monday it has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that it believes were part of a Chinese government influence campaign targeting the protest movement in Hong Kong.

The company also said it will ban ads from state-backed media companies, expanding a prohibition it first applied in 2017 to two Russian entities.

Both measures are part of what a senior company official portrayed in an interview as a broader effort by Twitter to curb malicious political activity on a popular platform that has been criticized for enabling election interference in the U.S. and around the world and for accepting funds for ads that amount to propaganda by state-run media organizations.

The accounts were suspended for violating the social networking platform's terms of service and "because we think this is not how people can come to Twitter to get informed," the official said in an interview with The Associated Press.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of security concerns, said the Chinese activity was reported to the FBI, which investigated Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election through social media.

Twitter traced the Hong Kong campaign to two fake Chinese and English Twitter accounts that pretended to be news organizations based in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy demonstrators have taken to the streets since early June calling for full democracy and an inquiry into what they say is police violence against protesters.

The Chinese language account, @HKpoliticalnew, and the English account, @ctcc507, pushed tweets depicting protesters as violent criminals in a campaign aimed at influencing public opinion around the world. Though Twitter is banned in China, it is available in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous region.

An additional 936 core accounts Twitter believes originated from within China attempted to sow political discord in Hong Kong by undermining the protest movement's legitimacy and political positions.

About 200,000 more automated Twitter accounts amplified the messages, engaging with the core accounts in the network. Few tweeted more than once, the official said, mostly because Twitter caught many of them using its technology.

The activity wasn't confined to one social media platform. Facebook said Monday that it removed seven pages, three groups and five accounts, including some portraying protesters as cockroaches and terrorists, after being notified by Twitter.

The Twitter campaign reflects the fact that the Chinese government has studied the role of social media in mass movements and fears the Hong Kong protests could spark wider unrest, said James Lewis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"This is standard Chinese practice domestically, and we know that after 2016 they studied what the Russians did in the U.S. carefully," Lewis said. "So it sounds like this is the first time they're deploying their new toy."

Twitter has sought to more aggressively monitor its network for malicious political activity since the 2016 presidential election and to be more transparent about its investigations, publicly releasing such data about state-backed influence operations since October so others can evaluate it, the official said.

"We're not only telling the public this happened, we're also putting the data out there so people can study it for themselves," the official said.

As for state-backed media organizations, they are still allowed to use Twitter, but are no longer allowed to pay for ads, which show up regardless of whether you have elected to follow the group's tweet.

Twitter declined to provide a list of what it considers state-backed media organizations, but a representative said it may consider doing so in the future. In 2017, Twitter specifically announced it would ban Russia-based RT and Sputnik from advertising on its platform.
 

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When did Twitter ever exercise blocking fake news until now? They block those pro China account while plenty of account showing only one side of police suppressing the rioter trying to gain sympathy for those protester promoting violent are free to exist even until now.

Freedom of expression? More like selective expression. More or less confirmed Twitter, Facebook are western political tools used by west to serve their imperial rule on rest of the world.
 

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Twitter bans advertising from "state-controlled news media entities"

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Twitter announced Monday that it would no longer accept advertising from "state-controlled news media entities" after finding that more than 900 accounts originating from inside China have been part of a coordinated effort to undermine political protests in Hong Kong.

The big picture: Hong Kong saw its 11th straight week of pro-democracy protests over the weekend as the city pushes back on what it views as encroachment by the Chinese government on its autonomy. The accounts, which Twitter said were part of a "coordinated state-backed operation," sought to delegitimize the protest movement.

Twitter is currently banned in mainland China. The platform says most of the accounts gained access through VPNs.

The social network says the account violated its platform manipulation policies, which prohibit spam, coordinated activity, fake accounts and ban evasion.

Per BuzzFeed News' Ryan Mac, "tax-payer-backed entities with independent oversight like the BBC, CBC, and NPR" will still be allowed to run ads on Twitter.

Facebook also said Monday that it removed 7 pages, 3 groups and 4 accounts "involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior as part of a small network that originated in China and focused on Hong Kong."

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Twitter bans advertising from "state-controlled news media entities"

Ursula Perano

Twitter announced Monday that it would no longer accept advertising from "state-controlled news media entities" after finding that more than 900 accounts originating from inside China have been part of a coordinated effort to undermine political protests in Hong Kong.

The big picture: Hong Kong saw its 11th straight week of pro-democracy protests over the weekend as the city pushes back on what it views as encroachment by the Chinese government on its autonomy. The accounts, which Twitter said were part of a "coordinated state-backed operation," sought to delegitimize the protest movement.

Twitter is currently banned in mainland China. The platform says most of the accounts gained access through VPNs.

The social network says the account violated its platform manipulation policies, which prohibit spam, coordinated activity, fake accounts and ban evasion.

Per BuzzFeed News' Ryan Mac, "tax-payer-backed entities with independent oversight like the BBC, CBC, and NPR" will still be allowed to run ads on Twitter.

Facebook also said Monday that it removed 7 pages, 3 groups and 4 accounts "involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior as part of a small network that originated in China and focused on Hong Kong."

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They only ban China state owned media but western media is not ban.. lol..

China will flood Twitter with plenty of bot to challenge this decision. See who win. :enjoy:
 

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China will flood Twitter with plenty of bot to challenge this decision. See who win. :enjoy:
Too late
If they express that means the countermeasures are already taken down

P.S. The world follows American social media, not Chinese counterpart except China
 

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China can easily carryout cyber attacks on these social media and destroy their reputation so people will stop using them and they can replace it with new social media formed by China
 

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China can easily carryout cyber attacks on these social media and destroy their reputation so people will stop using them and they can replace it with new social media formed by China
You forgotten the fact that internet is an American invention and under their control from beginning. They can cut internet access of any country whenever they needed to. All you can be just a backdoor monkey for all you claiming. All the world depend on them. Every thing became depended on internet so, think that you have no access, and then how you read PDF. You are so funny. Come to the World!
 

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You forgotten the fact that internet is an American invention and under their control from beginning. They can cut internet access of any country whenever they needed to. All the world depend on them. Every thing became depended on internet so, think that you have no access, and then how you read PDF. You are so funny. Come to the World!
China can develop its own internet as they are mostly using non u.s apps and websites within china so they cannot be affected even u.s cuts internet.Russia has also demonstrated capability in war games to survive by cutting internet by using their own internet within russia
 

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China can develop its own internet as they are mostly using non u.s apps and websites within china so they cannot be affected even u.s cuts internet.Russia has also demonstrated capability in war games to survive by cutting internet by using their own internet within russia
Who will use it? Who will prefer Chinese internet apart from China?
Do you know where the PDF’s servers and who is providing?
The all seats are already occupied!
Come on to the world buddy.
 

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The same Twitter and Facebook the same guys cheering for terror in China are also accussing of pushing agendas and unobjective and unjustified censorship and manipulation when they themself get blocked because at the end of the day they are just a bunch of useful disposeable idiots?
 

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Who will use it? Who will prefer Chinese internet apart from China?
Do you know where the PDF’s servers and who is providing?
The all seats are already occupied!
Come on to the world buddy.
China can provide satellite internet services to enable users across the world to use its applications and also provide much cheaper server hosting services than u.s to defeat them in competition.China has already started 5g internet so it is not difficult for them to implement it.China is located near to us and it will take less time to connect to server located in china providing hosting services than those located in u.s so I think using chinese servers will increase internet speed and lower costs due to its close location to us as compared to american ones which are located at more distance from Pakistan and many other countries
 
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The same Twitter and Facebook the same guys cheering for terror in China are also accussing of pushing agendas and unobjective and unjustified censorship and manipulation when they themself get blocked because at the end of the day they are just a bunch of useful disposeable idiots?
You still have problem in the understanding the problem
You are trying to fight in enemy land
This includes PDF also
Come on to the World
 

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