(Chris Parker, Headline USA) In an ironic twist of events, Meta has begun shutting down Facebook accounts linked to Chinese trolls attacking Republicans ahead of the midterm elections, reported Rebel News.
The first account was shut down Tuesday after Meta’s global intelligence threat team identified a network of Chinese trolls spreading pro-CCP propaganda.
“The Chinese operations we’ve taken down before talked primarily about America to the world, primarily in South Asia, not to Americans about themselves,” said team leader Ben Nimmo.
“Essentially the message was ‘America bad, China good.'”
According to Meta, the network’s accounts have been active since at least November 2021. The report also discovered that the network expanded beyond social media to included over 60 websites, each designed to mimic US-based news websites.
Facebook executives also indicated that it marks a significant shift for Chinese trolls.
Today’s crackdown began after one account attacked Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for his support of gun rights. It used the hashtag #RubioChildrenKiller in a bid to stoke divisions.
Meta has yet to narrow down who’s behind the network beyond confirming that it’s definitely located in China. However, current laws make it unlikely that the perpetrators are not linked to the Chinese government.
Chinese citizens are forbidden from using Facebook, so only government-approved users are given access.
“The Chinese government controls internet content and restricts, deletes, or bans content it deems is not in the interest of the state,” reported Investopedia.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said his office was “very concerned” about the ease of foreign nations to interfere with our elections, lamenting about it “starting back some time ago and continuing all the way into the present.”
The crackdown seems strangely reminiscent of Russian collusion claims in 2016. Donald Trump was frequently and wrongly accused of colluding with Russia (especially via social media) to help pave his way to victory during the presidential elections.