Incident 411: Chinese Accounts Spammed Twitter Feed Allegedly to Obscure News of Protests

Description: Twitter Feed was flooded by content from Chinese-language accounts which allegedly aimed to manipulate and reduce social media coverage about widespread protests against coronavirus restrictions in China.


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Alleged: Twitter developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Twitter and Twitter Users.

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Khoa Lam
Twitter grapples with Chinese spam obscuring news of protests · 2022

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter's radically reduced anti-propaganda team grappled on Sunday with a flood of nuisance content in China that researchers said was aimed at reducing the flow of news about stunning widespread protests against coronaviru…


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