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Twitter and Facebook suspend accounts linked to Chinese government

Karissa Bell

Twitter and Facebook have suspended accounts for running a state-sponsored propaganda campaign targeting Hong Kong protesters.

Twitter says it suspended 936 accounts that were "deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong" as well as 200,000 more "spammy" accounts that were "proactively suspended before they were substantially active."

The accounts in question targeted protesters in Hong Kong, who have been demonstrating for weeks.

Twitter described the ring of accounts as a "significant state-backed information operation," and noted that some accounts were created using VPN services. Read more...

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