Chinese Twitter Bots Distract From Protests With Porn

Bots appear to drown out coverage of mass protests in communist China

At a glance

  • Chinese bots are flooding Twitter with sexually explicit tweets about porn and escorts in an apparent move to drown out coverage of the widespread protests against General Secretary Xi Jinping and coronavirus lockdowns.
  • When searching for major Chinese cities where protests are taking place, online users will “mostly see ads for escorts/porn/gambling, drowning out legitimate search results,” according to Air-Moving Device.
  • According to the analysis, there has been a “significant uptick” in these spam tweets, with the “vast majority” of accounts – over 95 percent – appearing to be spam accounts that “tweet at a high, steady rate throughout the day, suggesting automation.”

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