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Facebook takes down China-based network spreading false COVID-19 claims

Added 12-01-21 07:07:02pm EST - “The Chinese operation is one of six networks blocked from Facebook and Instagram after spreading false information and harassing opponents.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Facebook takes down China-based network spreading false COVID-19 claims”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Meta has removed six networks of accounts for abusing its platforms, underscoring the ways bad actors around the world use social media as a tool to promote false information and harass opponents. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Meta has removed six networks of accounts for abusing its platforms, underscoring the ways bad actors around the world use social media as a tool to promote false information and harass opponents.

The parent company of Facebook and Instagram said on Wednesday it has taken down more than 600 accounts, pages and groups connected to a Chinese influence operation spreading COVID-19 disinformation, including an account purporting to be a fictitious Swiss biologist.

The China-based network was one of six Meta, formerly know as Facebook, removed in November for abusing its platforms, a reminder that bad actors around the world are using social media to promote false information and harass opponents.

The other operations included one supporting Hamas and two others, based in Poland and Belarus, that were focused on the migration crisis on the countries' shared border.

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