China Paid Twitter To Publish Propaganda Against Hong Kong Protesters

People on Twitter spotted sponsored posts from Chinese state media criticizing the ongoing Hong Kong protests.

The Chinese government has been running a social media propaganda campaign to try and weaken the Hong Kong protests.

People in Hong Kong have been protesting the Chinese government for the eleventh consecutive weekend. Organizers say as many as 1.7 million people joined a peaceful rally last Sunday.

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Twitter has been distributing sponsored posts from Chinese state media criticizing the Hong Kong protests, as spotted by the account of Pinboard, a social-media bookmarking site run by the entrepreneur and developer Maciej Ceglowski.

The posts were from China’s state-run Xinhua news agency. “Two months on, the escalating violence in Hong Kong has taken a heavy toll on the social order,” one tweet reads, adding that “all walks of life in Hong Kong called for a brake to be put on the blatant violence and for order to be restored.” More

In June, Twitter was forced to apologized after it suspended hundreds of accounts that were critical of the Chinese government just days before the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

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