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Spammers Use Porn To Obscure Tweets About Protests In China

Spammers Use Porn To Obscure Tweets About Protests In China

Political influence on the electronic media is nothing new and part of the strategy has always been to suppress twitter accounts held by certain groups by using spam. This time things have gotten a little overboard as Chinese spammers have flooded twitter with porn, adult websites, escort services while putting the names of the cities where Chinese people are protesting against the new zero-covid regulations imposed by the Xi Jinping regime.

The spam-tweets are being made by Chinese-language accounts that have lain dormant for months. The sudden activity of these inactive accounts points fingers towards a probable Government engagement but there is not any solid evidence to support any such claim. 

According to a report the result of these spam attacks was that whenever someone searched twitter for some news around a specific Chinese location, they found escort services in the same location. One could find any relevant protest news only after scrolling through a few pages worth of porn and adult content. 

Twitter has been grappling with the issue and a team is trying to fight the spams manually alongside the automations put in place. The fact that Elon Musk has laid off 50% of Twitter’s workforce and another large chunk has exited, is not helping the cause.  

The entire team that used to counter Chinese influence on Twitter has either resigned or been sacked. It is an indication that fighting political influence on Twitter is going to be way harder than it used to be. Twitter has already lost a lot of its credibility after it allowed people to buy the blue-tick. The incident with the Chinese spammers is not going to sit very well with the users.

So, what is this protest in China about and why are people protesting against it? China has imposed a zero-covid policy where people in regions with any number of Covid-19 cases can be tested, isolated, and quarantined. Shops, schools, and businesses other than those that involve food, are closed down. Tens of millions of Chinese people are currently under a lockdown and they do not like it. The powers that be in China do not want news of the wide-spead protests to get out, hence the spam flood. 

About the author

Ombir Sharma

Ombir is a SEO Executive at The Next Hint Media, Inc. He is a SEO and writer has 2 years of experience in these respective fields. He loves spending his time in doing research on different topics.

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