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Twitter and Facebook accuse China of using fake accounts to undermine Hong Kong protests

August 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (Reuters / EP) –

The social networks Twitter and Facebook have reported on Monday that they had dismantled a state-backed information operation that originated in mainland China and that sought to undermine the protests in Hong Kong.

Twitter has indicated that 936 accounts have been suspended and that the operations appeared to be a coordinated and supported effort by the State that originated in China.

For its part, Facebook has indicated that it has eliminated accounts and pages from a small network, and that its investigation has found links with people associated with the Chinese Government.

Protests in Hong Kong, which have been one of the biggest challenges for Chinese President Xi Jinping, began in June with opposition to a now suspended bill that would have allowed suspects to be extradited to China for trial.

Since then, demonstrations have grown, with a broader call for democracy.

Twitter has stressed that the accounts undermined the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement in Hong Kong. In another statement, the company has also stated that it was updating its advertising policy and that it would not accept notices from media entities controlled by the State in the future.