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  • 03 August, 2020

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Disinformation Campaign by Pakistan media

Pakistanis behind ‘Chinese’ info war on border stand-off

Context

  • Several of the Chinese accounts that shot up on social media and spread false information about the border clash with India have been traced to Pakistan.
  • Many of the Pakistani accounts posed as China-based, in what is believed to be a coordinated disinformation campaign aimed at India.
  • Some of these accounts even had user bios that were earlier in Urdu, before morphing overnight into Mandarin.
  • These accounts shared false information about casualties from the clash. Tweeting in Mandarin and using Chinese names gave the posts a sense of credibility.
  • Pakistani accounts have also recently adopted Nepali and Sri Lankan avatars with the same motivation of posting information aimed at creating an unfavourable narrative about India.

Source: TH


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