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Hong Kong protests

Twitter and Facebook remove China-backed disinformation on Hong Kong

Mainland bans the social media platforms but allegedly uses them to sow discord

While Twitter is banned in mainland China, the social media platform was allegedly used in a state-run campaign to discredit the Hong Kong protesters.   © Reuters

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Twitter said Monday that it has suspended fake accounts believed to originate in China that aimed to discredit the Hong Kong demonstrations.

The social media company listed 936 accounts implicated in the disinformation campaign as well as the contents of their tweets. The accounts "deliberately and specifically" attempted to "sow political discord in Hong Kong," the company said.

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