Twitter blocks propaganda accounts in six countries

On Thursday, Twitter announced it had shut down nearly 3,500 accounts posting pro-government propaganda in six countries, including China and Russia.

Twitter said most of the accounts were affiliated with a network that “amplified Chinese Communist Party narratives related to the treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.”

China faces accusations of human rights violations against an ethnic minority in a northwestern province. In addition to 2,048 accounts linked to the pro-Beijing campaign, Twitter also shuttered 112 accounts linked to a company called Changyu Culture, which is linked to Xinjiange’s regional government.

Meta, Facebook’s parent company, announced a day earlier that it had shut down more than 500 accounts involved in a China-linked influence campaign related to Covid-19.

According to the accounts, U.S. scientists were interfering with efforts to identify the origins of Coronavirus using a fictitious Swiss biologist, Wilson Edwards.

China bans Twitter and Facebook, but Beijing uses both US social networks to promote its position on the international stage.

Furthermore, Twitter shut down 16 accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian firm critics dubbed a “troll farm” for running campaigns to influence online opinion.

Twitter said the operation used a mix of inauthentic and real accounts to introduce a pro-Russian perspective to Central African political discourse.

Since 2018, Russia has exerted increasing influence in the Central African Republic, sending large contingents of “instructors” to train the army.

“We also removed a network of 50 accounts that attacked the civilian Libyan government and actors that support it, while voicing significant support for Russia’s geopolitical position in Libya and Syria,” Twitter added.

Originally Published In Dawn