Protests began months ago after proposed amendments to Hong Kong’s Extradition Law surfaced. The amendment would allow a person arrested in Hong Kong to face trial in other places, including mainland China.
What We Know:
- Facebook, Twitter, and Google have all made plans to take action against those associated with spreading misinformation in regards to the Hong Kong Protests.
- Google, which owns YouTube has disabled over 210 videos on the platform.
- Twitter has discovered 900 accounts originating from the People’s Republic of China that were apart of spreading disinformation on the matters in Hong Kong.
- China’s disinformation efforts seem to undermine support for the Hong Kong protests and they portray the protesters as violent and dangerous.
- Protesters are afraid that the changes to the Extradition Law would target those who oppose or speak out against the Chinese government.
Platforms like Vox believe that this is a warning shot to social media companies and the United State’s Government on how manipulative and tech savvy the Chinese Government can be.