Twitter and Meta Tackle Anti-Vaxxers and Chinese Disinformation

Twitter and Meta Tackle Anti-Vaxxers and Chinese Disinformation

Social media giants Twitter and Meta have been forced to remove thousands of “inauthentic” accounts linked to state-backed disinformation campaigns and anti-vaxxer rhetoric.

China loomed large over much of the activity. Twitter revealed that it removed over 3400 accounts – around 2000 of which were being used to amplify Communist Party narratives related to the treatment of the Uyghur population in Xinjiang.

Meanwhile, Meta removed four Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB) operations. These included a Chinese effort to spread false news about the US putting pressure on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to blame China for the pandemic.

English-speaking audiences in the US and UK and Chinese-speaking audiences in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tibet were reportedly the targets of this campaign.

Dismantling the operation required Meta to take down 524 Facebook accounts, 20 Pages, four Groups, and 86 Instagram accounts.

Other CIBs were focused around networks in Palestine, Poland and Belarus.

Meta also revealed two new policy violation categories: “mass reporting” and “brigading.”

The former works when a network of accounts mass-report an account or content in order to get it incorrectly removed by Meta.

The firm described one such network it took action on in Vietnam

“They coordinated the

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