Harvard’s Kennedy School (HKS) reported last year on how Chinese state media creates and propagates Chinese Communist Party (CCP) coronavirus narratives. According to the HKS study:
June 8, 2020 To gain insight into how Chinese state media is communicating about the coronavirus pandemic to the outside world, we analyzed a collection of posts from their English-language presence on Facebook. We observed three recurring behaviors: sharing positive stories and promoting the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) pandemic response, rewriting recent history in a manner favorable to the CCP as the coronavirus pandemic evolved, and using targeted ads to spread preferred messages. Although spin is not unique to state actors, paid ad campaigns to promote government-run state media pages containing misinformation and conspiracies are problematic. Our findings suggest that platforms should implement clearer disclosure of state-sponsored communications at a minimum, and consider refusing paid posts from such entities.
Read the full study here.
Recent GIOR reporting on Chinese Covid-19 propaganda efforts has included:
- In August, we reported that Chinese media cited a Swiss biologist discussing the origins of the coronavirus who actually did not exist.
- In June, we recommended a RAND study examining Russian and Chinese Covid-19-related ‘malign and subversive information efforts’ targeting US audiences.
- In March, we recommended a research project examining and comparing the false narratives about Covid-19’s origins in China, the US, Russia, and Iran during the first six months of the virus’s outbreak.