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New York, Jun 12 (Canadian-Media): A vast network of accounts of false information favorable to the country's Communist Party that was allegedly linked to the Chinese government has been removed by Twitter, the U.S. social media company, media reports said.
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Beijing denied involvement Friday and said accounts smearing China should be taken down.
Twitter suspended 23,750 accounts with posts of pro-Beijing narratives, and another 150,000 accounts dedicated to retweeting and amplifying those messages.
A range of co-ordinated and manipulated activities were engaged by the network mostly in Chinese languages, applauding China's response to the coronavirus pandemic and "deceptive narratives" about Hong Kong pro-democracy protests, Twitter said.
Taiwan and Guo Wengui, an exiled billionaire waging a campaign against China's President Xi Jinping and his administration were also tweeted in their accounts.
Twitter suspended these accounts under its manipulation policies, which ban artificial amplification and suppression of information.
Most of the accounts had little to no followers and failed to get much attention.
Twitter and other social media services like Facebook and YouTube are blocked in China.
Although China has denied involvement, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing in Beijing on Friday that Twitter should shut down those accounts which attack and discredit China, and added that China was the biggest victim of false information.
More than 1,000 accounts linked to a Russian media website were also removed by Twitter as these accounts were found to be engaged in state-backed political propaganda in Russia.
Twitter had also suspended a network of 7,340 fake or compromised accounts used for "cheerleading" the ruling party in Turkey.