Beijing Weaponizes Facebook to Push Taiwan Agenda: Leaked Documents

The Epoch Times
Date: July 11, 2020
By: Eva Fu

A picture taken in Paris on May 16, 2018 shows the logo of the social network Facebook on a broken screen of a mobile phone. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)

Facebook has become the latest platform for the Chinese regime to amplify its propaganda that Taiwan belongs to China, leaked documents obtained by The Epoch Times show.

Beijing claims the self-ruled island as part of its territory despite Taiwan having its own military, democratically-elected government, and currency.

Researchers and Taiwanese authorities have previously highlighted indirect attempts at swaying Taiwan voters to elect pro-Beijing political candidates into office—including by spreading disinformation on Facebook—efforts that align with Beijing’s goals of convincing Taiwanese people to accept unification with the mainland. But the endeavors were difficult to trace directly to the regime.

The documents are the first of its kind to confirm the Chinese regime’s direct hand in creating and spreading such propaganda on Facebook, fanning pro-unification sentiments.

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