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Twitter Helps Beijing Push Agenda Abroad Despite Ban in China

  • Twitter employees train Chinese officials to amplify message
  • Push persists despite recent ban on paid ads from state media
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Chinese Officials Use Twitter to Sway Public Opinion Despite Ban
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Twitter Inc. removed hundreds of accounts linked to the Chinese government this week meant to undermine the legitimacy of Hong Kong protests. It also said it would no longer allow state media to purchase ads on its platform.

What Twitter didn’t mention in its series of blog posts this week was the increasing number of Chinese officials, diplomats, media, and government agencies using the social media service to push Beijing’s political agenda abroad. Twitter employees actually help some of these people get their messages across, a practice that hasn’t been previously reported. The company provides certain officials with support, like verifying their accounts and training them on how to amplify messages, including with the use of hashtags.