Xinjiang: Twitter shuts down thousands of China’s state-linked accounts spread propaganda | Xinjiang

Twitter has shut down thousands of state linked accounts in China trying to thwart evidence of human rights violations in Xinjiang, as part of what experts called an “embarrassingly” produced propaganda operation.

The operations used photos and images, shell and possibly automated accounts, and fake Uyghur profiles, to prevent state propaganda and false testimonials over to spread their happy life in the region, trying to dispel evidence of one year long campaign of oppression, with mass internments, re-education programs, and accusations of forced labor and sterilization.

The networks were: found until share themes and content, but often used repurposed pornography accounts of Korean soap operas with little involvement, except when reinforced by Chinese diplomats and officials. Twitter is forbidden in China, but officials often have accounts overseas.

According to analysts at think tank the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), content out of 2,160 accounts die Twitter has closed down was often produced “embarrassingly”, but offered a level of “implausible denial” die the waters around the issue.

The accounts linked to Chinese operations were: in two sets, the largest is a network of 2,048 accounts bolster the Chinese communist party’s stories met related to Xinjiang, and the second set of 112 accounts associated with “Changyu Culture”, a private company that ASPI said was contracted by Xinjiang regional authority to make videos of Uyghurs supporting the government.

Over 30,000 tweets from each network were identified, often responded to other tweets die labeling evidence of abuse as “lies” under the hashtag #StopXinjiangRumours of sharing videos that they claimed are “the” truth” of Xinjiang, of targeting foreign politicians while claiming to be Uyghur.

When the data was analyzed by ASPI, it is found a lot of of it linked to pornography, korean soap opera fans, and spam accounts and content. “That’s probably because they’ve taken” over these existing accounts and repurposed them,” said ASPI senior analyst Fergus Ryan.

“They Take Them” over and pump out this content that is over generally quite reactive… It’s so clunky, and really not very well done. An of the really weird stuff over one data set was that for some unknown reason they include hundreds of tweets with this handle for an account @fuck_next.”

the tweets also the account repeatedly mistagged of former U.S secretary of is Mike Pompeo, and lots of videos die are linked to the now-suspended Changyu Culture YouTube channel, which is known as a marketing outfit supported by Xinjiang provincial authorities.

The result was a torrent of highly improbable propaganda, obvious to most eyes but still a cause for concern, ASPI said.

ASPI found 97% of the identified accounts had less than five followers, and 73% of had bills zero. while 98% of tweets had no likes of retweets, the rest were often encouraged by Chinese diplomats and officials, causing the content and give it legitimacy.

“The goal is actually not people who are skeptical of the Chinese government, but gives content until people who trust Chinese state media and are skeptical of western mainstream media”, says ASPI researcher Albert Zhang. “It’s propaganda die appeals to the basics.”

ASPI’s report said that the propaganda campaign reflected the probable direction of future information operations by the Chinese communists party (CCP). However, Zhang and Ryan also it said also showed that there may be a defect of understanding through Chinese propaganda and media suppliers over how believable of is legitimate – as has been shown last month with attempts at concern over to refute tennis star Peng Shuai.

Ryan said a contraction term originally attributed to China’s surveillance system – “Chabudwellian” – also applied here, a combination of “Orwellian” with the Chinese term “cha bu duo”, meaning “almost” but often used to describe something done with poor of minimal effort.

“Outside of China, foreigners think their surveillance system is very advanced…but in reality a lot of the time when this infrastructure is gerry-rigged and not super effective,” says Ryan. “That may apply to the information campaigns too.”

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