SAN FRANCISCO – China has aggressively stirred up its anti-Western and nationalist sentiment in a protest war in Hong Kong using state and social media.
On Monday, Facebook and Twitter claimed to have found evidence of just behavior. How actively China has been trying to sow discord.
The social media companies said they had discovered and removed account networks originating in mainland China, where both Facebook and Twitter are blocked. The reports noted that the demonstrators in Hong Kong were violent, and they were accused of having ulterior motives. In a Facebook post, the demonstrators were compared with ISIS fighters.
"Obscured, manipulative behavior has no place in our service," said Twitter in a statement.
Facebook indicated that it had been pointed to the activity of Twitter. "We are constantly working to discover and stop this type of activity because we do not want our services to be used to manipulate people," said Facebook.
The actions follow another march in Hong Kong on Sunday. The organizers said that they had brought out 1.7 million people, or almost one in four of the island's total population, of more than seven million. It was the second largest march of the movement after a protest of nearly two million people on 16 June.