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Twitter running Chinese-backed ads against Hong Kong protesters

By midian182 · 9 replies
Aug 19, 2019
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  1. The government-backed Xinhua news agency has been paying Twitter to promote its tweets, which say the protesters are "escalating violence" and calls for "order to be restored."

    The protests began as opposition to a bill proposed by the Hong Kong government, which would have allowed the extradition of criminals incarcerated in Hong Kong to China. While the bill was suspended on June 15, pro-democracy demonstrations have continued.

    Social bookmarking site Pinboard highlighted the ads, tweeting that Twitter is "taking money from Chinese propaganda outfits and running promoted ads against top Hong Kong protest hashtags."

    The revelations put Twitter, which is one of many websites banned in mainland China, in a dilemma. Running the ads is going to look bad for the company in most people’s eyes, but the platform could face a backlash from free-speech supporters if it is seen to be blocking ads from a major publication, even one that is considered a Chinese government mouthpiece.

    Both Twitter and Facebook have been fighting Russian electoral interference and propaganda on their respective platforms for several years now, and while the ads aren’t as subtle, it could open the site up to claims of hypocrisy, especially with it being paid to show them.

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  2. tkabou

    tkabou TS Booster Posts: 57   +81

    Twitter, the supposed bastion and protector or free speech. They've become just another politicized platform for the communists, both abroad and domestic, no less.
    p51d007, Alexmx and rondean2000 like this.
  3. gigantor21

    gigantor21 TS Maniac Posts: 179   +242

    Their commitment to free expression has always been selective and self-serving. Just like all the other social media platforms.

    Dorsey and Zuckerberg and the like are snakes.
    Evernessince and p51d007 like this.
  4. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 598   +281

    Twitter has been on it's way out for a long time... Needs to just die already..
    p51d007 likes this.
  5. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,056   +1,317

    Twitter, fakebook or any other social media platform, will play to whomever PAYS THEM THE MOST.
    If the communist Chinese are paying them, they will promote what they want, and block everything else.
  6. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,162   +3,764

    Makes sense, they have shareholders who want maximum profits. Unless they are going to get in trouble for more money then they are making, they will continue to do whatever makes them the most.
  7. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 2,033   +1,552

    Were they ever? I've been missing out then.
  8. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,639   +605

    Yeah this is why Trump never uses Twitter, it's useless.
  9. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 846   +329

    Is anyone really surprised?
  10. Impudicus

    Impudicus TS Addict Posts: 157   +117

    Twitter, like all the other major social media platforms are in the business of selling ad space. That is their product, who ever spends the most on the product has a lot on influence in what the company does. And that only changes when those ads affect selling more ads.

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