TechnologyTwitter, Facebook: China used platforms against Hong Kong protests
Hong Kong leader says extradition bill is dead after mass protests
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the extradition bill that sparked the territory's biggest political crisis in decades was dead, admitting that the government's work on the bill had been a "total failure". The bill, which would have allowed people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China to face trial, sparked huge and at times violent street protests and plunged the former British colony into turmoil. In mid-June Lam responded to huge protests by suspending the bill, but that move failed to mollify critics, who continued to demonstrate against the bill and call for Lam's resignation.
Twitter and Facebook on Monday said they uncovered campaigns by China to use the social media platforms against pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
"We are disclosing a significant state-backed information operation focused on the situation in Hong Kong, specifically the protest movement and their calls for political change," Twitter said in an online post.
Facebook said in a separate post that a tip from Twitter led to the removal of Facebook pages, groups and accounts involved in "coordinated inauthentic behavior as part of a small network that originated in China and focused on Hong Kong."
Beijing used Twitter and Facebook against Hong Kong protestersChinese authorities used nearly a thousand Twitter accounts and Facebook pages, for discredit and divide pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, said the two social networks on Monday.
The social network Twitter suspended 986 accounts that "are coordinated as part of a Chinese state-backed operation" to "undermine the legitimacy and political positions" of protesters, says Twitter in a blog post. "We have identified large sets of accounts that behaved in a coordinated way to amplify messages about the Hong Kong protests," said the California group.
Facebook, informed by Twitter, said for its part have deleted, for the same reasons, seven pages, five accounts and three groups of the social network, also "related to individuals associated with the government of Beijing."200,000 Twitter accounts suspended
Not without irony, Twitter recalls that it is banned from mainland China by the Beijing regime, whose agents had to rely largely on a VPN, a virtual network to circumvent geographical restrictions for example. Others have advanced less masked by using unlocked IP addresses for the occasion.
In total, Twitter says it has suspended 200,000 accounts before they are actually active on the network. Facebook - also banned in Mainland China - said about 15,500 accounts were following one or more of the pages now removed from its platform.MSN advises you: (The Parisian) (BFMTV) (Obs) (Challenges)
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2 Hong Kong protesters charged under mask ban .
Two protestors were charged Monday in the first violations of Hong Kong's new ban on wearing masks at rallies, the Associated Press reported.An 18-year-old student and a 38-year-old woman were the first to be prosecuted under the ban, which was instituted by Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam on Friday using emergency powers.The two were detained Saturday shortly after the ban's implementation. An 18-year-old student and a 38-year-old woman were the first to be prosecuted under the ban, which was instituted by Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam on Friday using emergency powers.
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