CCP Expands Influence via Western Social Media, Spreading Disinformation About CCP Virus

The Associated Press, in collaboration with the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, conducted a nine-month survey based on a review of millions of social media posts and articles on Twitter, Facebook, Weibo, WeChat and other platforms. The following are the six main points of the survey:

  1. Since 2016, Russia has been widely seen as a major disseminator of disinformation. But when it comes to the CCP virus epidemic, the CCP is ahead of the game. The Chinese Communist Party continues to spread false information about the origin of the virus even after Russia has stopped.
  2. The Chinese Communist Party has made a big push into Western social media. The number of CCP diplomatic accounts on both Facebook and Twitter has increased significantly since mid-2019. In June 2019, there were 61 CCP diplomatic accounts on Twitter, and by December 2020, that number had increased to 195. Both of these platforms are banned in China. The investigation also found that during the outbreak, “these accounts helped establish and amplify messaging across platforms, languages and geographies.”

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