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Hong Kong protests

Tweets, memes and AirDrop: The battle for Hong Kong goes online

Facebook and Twitter take steps to counter Beijing's '50 Cent army'

PALO ALTO, U.S./HONG KONG -- Social media is the new front in the clash between Hong Kong protesters and the Chinese government, with Facebook and Twitter accusing Beijing of coordinating a campaign to discredit the activists.

A meme posted on Facebook early this month juxtaposed pictures of Hong Kong protesters and Islamic State terrorists. The question "what's the difference?" was splashed across the image.

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