X (formerly Twitter) ignores reports from Meta and prosecutors about Chinese propaganda accounts that aim to divide public opinion and manipulate the US presidential election.

Since X (formerly Twitter) was acquired by Elon Musk in 2022, fake news and impression-earning bots have increased due to cost cuts and policy changes. An investigation by the Washington Post, a major daily newspaper, found that propaganda accounts from countries such as China that are trying to influence the 2024 US presidential election remain unattended on X even after being removed from other social media. got it.

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In modern society, social media has the power to influence elections and politics, and countries such as China and Russia engage in propaganda activities on social media in order to change the election results of unfriendly countries. In fact, in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, it was revealed that the Russian campwas conducting a maneuver to defeat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and social media was used to undermine the U.S. democratic process. propaganda has been shown to be effective.

Since then, social media companies such as Meta, Twitter, and YouTube, which operate Facebook and Instagram, have coordinated efforts to curb foreign interference campaigns, and have also worked with outside researchers and law enforcement agencies. These companies reportedly hold biweekly meetings to share information about foreign propaganda networks and work to remove suspicious accounts.

However, X has not sent a representative to the meeting for the past several months. The last person to attend the meeting as a representative of X was Aaron Roderix, who was a member of X's election integrity team and was involved in countering fake news. The election integrity team, including , has been fired . Regarding the dismissal of Roderix and others, Mr. Musk said in X, ``Oh, the ``election integrity'' team that was undermining the integrity of the election? It's gone now.''

According to a Washington Post investigation, of the 150 X propaganda accounts Meta reported in its 2023 report, 136 existed as of February 15, 2024. All but eight of the 123 accounts that Meta reported in May, August, and December 2023 as having 'participated in deceptive campaigns based in China' are still active on X. It seems that there is. Additionally, multiple China-related accounts that the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York mentioned in the complaint as being 'operated by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security' have not yet been removed.

X accounts used in China-based propaganda campaigns have posted or reposted bills restricting care for transgender teenagers, far-right ideology, and Russian media articles about the Israeli war, with most of them in North America. Pretending to be an ordinary person living there. 'The existence of these accounts reinforces the fact that state actors are attempting to influence the media and American politics by impersonating the media and Americans,' said Rene DiResta, technical research manager at Stanford University's Internet Observatory (SIO). Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, researchers and Platform Integrity teams were working together to thwart foreign influence campaigns, but this collaboration has come to a halt. It doesn't even seem to address the networks identified by.'

Kieran Green, who studies Chinese censorship and propaganda for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission , said the Chinese Communist Party's leadership is using every means possible to influence people overseas. . “Some of their methods include flooding hashtags with garbage posts, impersonating prominent experts critical of the government, and using bot accounts to create a false impression of social consensus. 'The goal is not necessarily to change people's minds, but to confuse the discourse to the point where it is impossible to form an anti-China discourse.'

Efforts to protect elections from foreign propaganda campaigns are also struggling, with a July 2023 ruling banning the U.S. government from warning social media companies about fake news campaigns due to censorship. is forced to stand. Annika Collier-Navaroli, a former senior policy official at We're back to where we were before 2016. We're seeing a lack of communication between the government and businesses, and between businesses.'

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