Twitter recently deleted hundreds of fake Chinese accounts for violating a policy banning “coordinated activities that try to artificially influence conversations using a large number of fake accounts and automation.”
The investigation has phased out 3,000 non-genuine Twitter accounts that appear to have coordinated to bolster the communist country’s image through social media posts that created a pink image of the Winter Olympics, many of which sparked human rights abuses.
A Twitter spokesman said
If we have clear evidence of government-funded information transactions, our first priority is to enforce our rules and delete accounts that engage in this behavior, but once the investigation is complete, we will disclose all accounts and content in our information transactions archive.
An account called Spicy Panda welcomes China online, but also accuses the United States of tarnishing the nation led by Xi Jinping with a campaign of false facts.
“No matter how much a false uncle uses a deceptive propaganda weapon to tarnish the Olympics, he cannot stop the world’s enthusiasm for the #Peking Winter Olympics,” he wrote in a February 9 Spicy Panda article.
The recording was accompanied by a caricature of Uncle Sam, who shouted into the microphone and wore a hat-riding machine.
The post was shared almost 300 times and received a total of 11 likes and two retweets, indicating that the network was mobilized in non-original ways to promote the message.
In addition, a document related to the Foreign Agent Registration Act revealed that the People’s Republic of China paid Vippi Media Inc. to hire influencers as part of a marketing campaign to promote the Olympic Games. Despite the country’s open attempts to control the legend of the games, the incident has caused controversy.
For example, athletes quarantined in hotels complained that they were not given enough food and that the food they were given was not suitable for consumption. Some athletes have claimed that their training equipment was completely rejected in preparation for the competition.