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Today’s ‘China is misbehaving online’ allegations come from Google, Meta

December 1, 2023

Meta and Google have disclosed what they allege are offensive cyber ops conducted by China.

The Social Network™ used its Quarterly Adversarial Threat Report [PDF], published Thursday, to report it booted 4,789 Facebook accounts for violating its policy against coordinated inauthentic behavior.

The operators of the accounts used names and profile pics harvested from the internet, posed as Americans, and shared the same content across multiple platforms.

Their output often consisted of content cut and pasted from X/Twitter. Other posts offered “news articles from mainstream US media and reshared Facebook posts by real people, likely in an attempt to appear more authentic.”

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