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US News: Facebook: deletion of more than 500 accounts related to a Chinese disinformation network

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Five hundred Facebook accounts that promoted false affirmations that the United States was based in efforts to find the origins of the Covid-19 , were removed . Meta evokes a "tentacular and unsuccessful" chinese disinformation network that targeted audiences in the United States, the United Kingdom and sinophone audiences at Taiwan in Hong Kong and Tibet.

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The United States accused of bullying

The first statements, which come from a false account attributed to a "Swiss biologist" called Wilson Edwards, appeared on July 24th. Published on Facebook and Twitter , they asserted that "WHO sources and a number of researchers' colleagues" had complained of a "enormous pressure and even bullying" from the United States. On the WHO project to renew the survey of the origins of coronavirus. This information comes from a November report of Meta.

Indeed, since 2020, WHO's investigation has become a source of tension between the United States, China and other countries.

These publications were overwhelmingly by Chinese state media, such as Shanghai Daily, People's Daily and Global Times. After reviewing the public reports, Facebook has removed 524 Facebook accounts, 20 pages, four groups and 86 Instagram accounts.

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A state of state

but then, who hides behind this campaign? The -Disinformation operation required the creation of a false account, that of Wilson Edwards. Then, several hundred other false accounts and a minority of authentic accounts have amplified the message.

"This is the first time we are observing an operation that includes a coordinated group of state employees and who is growing in this way," adds the Meta group, adding to have discovered "links with Individuals in mainland China, including Sichuan Silence Employees Information Technology Co Ltd and individuals associated with Chinese state infrastructure companies based around the world. Sichuan silence information is a network security company and information. It provides technical support to the Chinese Ministry of Public Safety and CNCERT, the team that coordinates China's emergency response in terms of cybersecurity.

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Other accounts would be linked to people working in Chinese state infrastructure companies. In particular, electricity generation, civil engineering, telecommunications and transport companies.

An inefficient campaign

Meta, however, wishes to reassure. According to the Group's report, the social media campaign would have been "largely unsuccessful".

The creators of the disinformation campaign used a virtual personal network infrastructure (VPN). The goal is to conceal its origin and give Edwards a more likely personality. The photo of its profile also seems to have been generated using automatic learning capabilities.

Indeed, the Swiss Embassy declared on August 10 that it was unlikely that this person exists. The Facebook account was born two weeks before its first publication and only included three friends. According to the Swiss diplomatic mission, "there is no register of a Swiss citizen bearing the name of Wilson Edwards and no university article under that name". The embassy called the Chinese media to remove any mention of this person.

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