Hong Kong protests: Facebook and Twitter move to block ‘Chinese campaign’

Twitter has removed 936 accounts, with Facebook removing accounts, pages and groups over “a number of deceptive tactics”.

One of the memes posted on Facebook, which reads: Even though the weapons are different, the outcome is the same!

Facebook and Twitter are cracking down on what they say is a China-backed disinformation campaign to “undermine” ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

Huge demonstrations have been staged in the former British territory in recent months over proposed legislation that would allow authorities to detain and extradite people wanted in countries Hong Kong did not already have agreement with, including mainland China.

Although the controversial bill has since been suspended, a refusal to completely withdraw it has seen the protests continue and escalate – with organisers estimating that at least 1.7 million took part in a rally on Sunday.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.