Jun 12, 2020

Coronavirus: Twitter removes more than 170,000 pro-China accounts

Twitter has removed more than 170,000 accounts it says were tied to an operation to spread pro-China messages. Twitter also revealed it has shut down more than a thousand Russia-based misinformation accounts. While the 23,750 accounts were the main focus, 150,000 accounts were identified as helping to boost the messages online. Twitter said the two interconnected sets of accounts were caught early and typically had very few followers with low levels of engagement. Twitter also said it had discovered a network of accounts linked to a media website it found to be "Engaging in state-backed political propaganda within Russia".

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