Facebook Let Communist China Buy Ads to Spread Disinfo on Uyghur Concentration Camps
Tech giant fight against 'disinfo' ignores China's antics
Tech giant Facebook reportedly allowed the Chinese Communist Party to purchase ads so they could spread disinformation to cover-up China's abuses committed against the country’s Uyghur minority, according to reports.
The Press Gazette reported:
China’s treatment of Uyghur people in the western province of Xinjiang has been widely condemned in the West, with the US government figures and others accusing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of “genocide.”
US social media giant Facebook has not only allowed state-run outlets like China Daily and CGTN to publish posts that dismiss these concerns as Western “disinformation” – it has accepted advertising payments to help promote this content to millions of people.
In one case, by paying Facebook less than $400, China Daily was able to target more than one million users with a video that rubbishes independent press reports from Xinjiang.
Another China Daily sponsored post promoted a video claiming that a report on Uyghur camps in Xinjiang was “completely false” and “straight from the manual of Western media tricks.”
Despite the revelations, Facebook has made tackling “misinformation” and “foreign interference” a core goal amid pressure from Democrats and pressure groups.
But Facebook's policies seem to perfectly fit with a far-left progressive agenda.
But while seemingly ignoring China, Facebook has focused on Russia, and more recently Donald Trump after they removed him from the platform earlier this year.
But weeks later, China’s propaganda arm was given free rein to buy ads on the platform, according to Press Gazette.
Moreover, even liberal academic studies admit conservatives are victimized and affected by policies targeting “misinformation.”
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Last year, Chinese state media also used Facebook and Instagram to inundate the platforms with undisclosed 'political ads' blaming President Donald Trump for the coronavirus pandemic in an attempt to shift the blame away from China.
Facebook responded to China's underhanded political ad campaign, saying it was an “error” that the ads were not classified as political and was correcting them.
The three Chinese state media outlets responsible were Xinhua, China Central Television, and the Global Times, all of which targeted users across the world in English, Chinese, and Arabic.
In March, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Chian of launching false propaganda campaigns accusing the U.S. Military of planting the deadly coronavirus in their country.
“We’ve wanted to work with the Chinese Communist Party throughout this crisis – this crisis that began in Wuhan, China,” Pompeo said.
“We tried – you’ll remember – from the opening days to get our scientists, our experts on the ground there so that we could begin to assist in the global response to what began there in China, but we weren’t able to do that.
"The Chinese Communist Party wouldn’t permit that to happen.”