FAST FIVE: Twitter, Facebook Shutter 100s Of Accounts Intended To "Sow Discord" In Hong Kong
Twitter said Monday in a blog post that it had suspended nearly 950 accounts, while identifying another 200,000 that it believed might be members of 'botnets'.
Specifically, we identified large clusters of accounts behaving in a coordinated manner to amplify messages related to the Hong Kong protests.
“As with all of these takedowns, the people behind this activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis for our action.” Of course, this hardly seems like a significant level of activity, and we imagine these companies would be hard-pressed to argue that these accounts contributed to some of the more chaotic episodes during the anti-extradition bill protests.
But these companies can't risk letting the world forget that 'state-sponsored actors' can easily exploit social media to send whole societies into upheaval.
All it takes is a few memes like the ones pictured below (and culled from Twitter's blog, as examples of some of the content that was removed).