Twitter suspended 1,70,000 account for spreading irrelevant and fake news about COVID-19.
“These accounts said that they were pushing deceptive narratives regarding Covid-19,” the experts said.
Twitter said the deleted accounts had been spreading “geopolitical narratives favorable to the Communist Party of China”, so they have removed them to violate the platform policies. In China, Twitter is blocked, though many people use it via a VPN.
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute said that some of the targets of this consolidated Chinese campaign were the Chinese living overseas and efforts were being made to “exploit their capacity to extend the party-state’s influence.”
“Narratives around COVID praise China’s response to the virus while tweets also use the pandemic to antagonize the U.S. and Hong Kong activists,” SIO wrote in its analysis.
Twitter has identified 23,750 accounts that the platform has described as “highly engaged core network” that were being used to tweet content favorable to Beijing. Another 1,50,000 accounts were identified as those being used to amplify that content via retweets. Those 23,750 accounts collectively tweeted 348,608 times, according to the researchers at SIO.