Twitter has observed and banned 936 accounts managed by China-linked actors that attempted to
The tweets aimed at discrediting the motivation of the Hong Kong protesters
“We are disclosing a significant state-backed information operation focused on the situation in Hong Kong, specifically the protest movement and their calls for political change.” reads the announcement published by Twitter.
“This disclosure consists of 936 accounts originating from within the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Overall, these accounts were
The 936 accounts banned by Twitter were part of a larger network of over 200,000 profiles that were already involved in spam and other coordinated activity.
The investigation conducted by Twitter led its experts to conclude that the accounts were part of a coordinated state-backed operation.
Twitter is currently blocked in China (users can access it only via VPN), but many of these accounts blocked by the social media accessed its services from specific unblocked IP addresses originating in mainland China.
Twitter also published archives containing information on all the banned accounts and the tweets they sent:
August 2019, set 1:
August 2019, set 2:
Twitter shared its findings with Facebook that also took action to remove the rogue accounts and content from its platform.
“Covert, manipulative behaviors have no place