The Centre for Information Resilience (CIR), a UK NGO dedicated to countering influence operations, is reporting on a coordinated cross-platform social media influence operation using a mix of fake and repurposed accounts to push pro-China narratives and distort perceptions on important issues. According to the CIR report:
A coordinated influence operation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube is using a mix of fake and repurposed accounts to push pro-China narratives and distort perceptions on important issues. The network targets significant subjects such as US gun laws, COVID-19, human rights’ abuses in Xinjiang, overseas conflicts and racial discrimination in a bid to inflame tensions, deny remarks critical of China, and target western governments. The content was posted in English and Chinese. The narratives seen in this influence operation have similarities to content seen on the accounts of Chinese Government representatives and China state-linked media, however this is not an indication of attribution.
Read the full report here.
The report notes that the social media accounts identified in this pro-Chinese influence operation included 300–500 Twitter accounts, 40–55 Facebook accounts and pages, and 12 YouTube accounts.
Recent GIOR reporting on Chinese online disinformation campaigns has included:
- In August, we recommended a study examining China’s disinformation efforts on social media.
- In July, we reported that Chinese-state-linked social media accounts were running a cross-platform disinformation campaign targeting the Chinese diaspora.
- In July, we reported that China was stepping up its international disinformation operation surrounding the mass detention of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang.
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