August 21, 2019  |  Updated November 18, 2019

Parallel Platforms, Parallel Principles: The Emergence of Social Media from Authoritarian Settings

By Dean Jackson

On August 19, 2019, Twitter and Facebook announced for the first time that they had detected and removed a network of accounts, groups, and pages engaged in “coordinated inauthentic activity” on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). While the two platforms are blocked in mainland China, a state-backed influence operation reportedly used VPNs to access the platforms with intent to spread disinformation discrediting mass demonstrations in the special administrative region of Hong Kong.

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