China reportedly uses fake Twitter accounts to spread Tibet propaganda

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Nearly 100 fake Twitter accounts are being used to spread propaganda about the troubled Chinese regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, according to an investigation from Free Tibet, a London-based advocacy group. As the New York Times reports, many of the purportedly fake accounts are used to portray the regions in a rosy light, despite decades of unrest under communist rule, and some include attacks on the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader. Many of the accounts have since been suspended by Twitter, but Free Tibet warns that there may be hundreds more.

China has come under intense international criticism in recent years for its treatment of Tibetans and Uighurs, an ethnic minority concentrated in Xinjiang. Both groups have accused…

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