The Chinese Communist Party is paying people to create and write pro-China propaganda comments on places like YouTube and social media platforms.
“Twitter announced Monday it had removed over 900 accounts it believes were established by the Chinese government, which were “deliberately and specifically” attempting to sow political discord and undermine “the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground.” The accounts were part of a much larger network of around 200,000 accounts Twitter took down before they were “substantially active” on the service.
Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a blog post that the company had similarly removed five Facebook accounts, seven pages followed by a total of around 15,500 people, and three groups with a combined 2,200 members that an investigation found had links to the Chinese government.”, Wired.com reported.
People with personal experience uploaded a video where they analyze how the Chinese government is deceiving people all around the world using fake accounts on internet platforms.
“Wu Mao, or 五毛党 are people (usually soldiers) paid to make fake or pro-China comments on the internet, and they have a very comfortable home on my channel. They allegedly get paid 5 Chinese Mao (about 7 cents) for every comment they leave. They have been changing their tactics, while retaining the goal of soft power influence supporting Chinese nationalism. We explain how Chinese government backed commenters try and shape the western minds, and how they’ve changed to be more savvy at it.”.