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Saturday 13 June 2020

Twitter removes over 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.

The social media platform said Some of the posts were about the Coronavirus outbreak.

That operation had also been pushing out messages about the political situation in Hong Kong.

It said the Chinese network had links to an earlier state-backed operation it broke up alongside Facebook and YouTube last year.

Out of the 170,000 were 23,750 accounts which was its main focus, while 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.

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