FBI Uses Facebook To Find Victims Of China’s ‘Transnational Repression’

Chinese Communist Party targets dissidents abroad to exert influence

At a glance

  • The FBI is using targeted Facebook ads to locate victims of “transnational repression” by the Chinese Communist Party.
  • Two Mandarin-language ads target Facebook users in the Philadelphia area.
  • The ads ask that anyone who has been targeted by physical or digital harassment, extortion, assault, or cyberstalking contact the local FBI field office.
  • The FBI said in a statement that “Many victims are not aware transnational repression is illegal,” and that they seek to educate communities about these crimes.

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