Social media giants will ban anyone for “hate speech” these days.
That could be for anything as simple as expressing an unpopular opinion, or sharing a politically incorrect meme.
A Chinese state-owned media source, Xinhua News, has been buying ads on Twitter and Facebook, to show in Hong Kong and overseas.
The ads claims that most Hong Kong residents want the protests to end, and support the Chinese government. This, of course, is according to the Chinese government.
One advertisement stated that “All walks of life in Hong Kong called for a brake to be put on the blatant violence, and order to be restored.”
Another claimed Hong Kong citizens were calling China their motherland.
All were misinformation, aimed at countering the true scope and purpose of the Hong Kong protests against Chinese control over Hong Kong.
Only after public backlash, Twitter and Facebook removed a number of accounts placing the ads. Twitter said they will not accept advertising from state-controlled media.
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