The Associated Press reports:
A seven-month investigation by the Associated Press and the Oxford Internet Institute, a department at Oxford University, found that China’s rise on Twitter has been powered by an army of fake accounts that have retweeted Chinese diplomats and state media tens of thousands of times, covertly amplifying propaganda that can reach hundreds of millions of people — often without disclosing the fact that the content is government-sponsored. This type of analysis is possible because Twitter makes more of its data available to researchers than other social media platforms routinely do.
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Army of fake fans boosts China’s messaging on Twitter
China has turned to social media to shape public opinion…China’s Ex-ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming has gained a following of more than 119,000 to help execute China’s new diplomatic strategy.https://t.co/P3Dma2VSaQ
— The Foreign Desk (@ForeignDeskNews) June 15, 2021