Twitter and Facebook under fire for ads criticizing Hong Kong protesters

CNET | 8/19/2019 | Queenie Wong
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Twitter is also cracking down on fake accounts from China.

Twitter and Facebook have landed in hot water for allowing Chinese state-run media outlets to run ads on their platforms that criticize pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

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In response, Twitter said Monday that it'll no longer accept advertising from state-controlled news media outlets because the company wants to "protect healthy discourse and open conversation." The company also said that it suspended 936 accounts from China that attempted to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including efforts to undermine the protests in Hong Kong.

Facebook said that it pulled down five Facebook accounts, seven Pages and three Groups with ties to people linked to the Chinese government after it got a tip from Twitter. These users posted about political topics including the Hong Kong protests, but the social network said they were suspending the accounts, pages and groups for misleading others about their identity and purpose. In some of these Facebook posts, Hong Kong protesters were compared to cockroaches and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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The moves by the social networks come amid criticism that the companies aren't doing enough to combat disinformation and propaganda on their platforms.

On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of peaceful activists took to the streets of Hong Kong for the 11th week of demonstrations, CNN reported. Protesters were initially rallying against a now-suspended bill by the Hong Kong government that would have allowed people arrested in Hong Kong to be transferred and tried in mainland China. Since then, the protests have expanded to include calls for more democracy and government...
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