How China Uses Bots to Spread Propaganda on Social Media

China’s Communist Party lied about COVID. The CCP also threatens the world’s geopolitical security, spies on America constantly, and is conducting genocide against their Uyghur people. 

They also have legions of online bots and spies spreading Communist Party of China (CPC) propaganda online to undermine and propagandize the United States. 

Twitter and Facebook are banned completely in China and using them is a serious offense; so this isn’t just random Chinese people going online to share their patriotism. 

One of the main contingents of these propagandists aren’t even bots or spies: they’re Chinese diplomats who join Twitter, Facebook and other channels. They then argue and spread China’s malicious propaganda worldwide, such as former Chinese Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming.

Rising Up the Ranks to Spread Propaganda

Liu is a good example because since joining Twitter, he’s gone up to over 119,000 followers and become a leading example of China’s so-called wolf warrior diplomatic style.

Wolf warrior is used as a word from a Chinese action film series called Wolf Warrior. It’s about a heroic soldier who kills bad guys and saves innocents, as he outshines Western mercenaries and incompetent American leadership on the battlefield. 

Even though he now heads up China’s mission as Special Representative on the Korean Peninsula, Liu has a huge amount of retweets and influences when he takes on US figures or pushes China’s perspective. 

However, the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University says many of his retweets and reach aren’t being spread by regular folks who just happen to love China – they’re being boosted by bots. 

The Twitter Propaganda Farm

Twitter is full of bots, and even though you only hear about it when conservatives are attacked or during the Russia collusion hoax, it is a real problem.

Many fake accounts pretending to be real Chinese experts, or Westerners who support China, were found to have retweeted thousands of times and boosted Chinese messaging online. 

This gives the illusion that these ideas are popular or supported by a broad and diverse range of people, but they’re not. 

In fact, over 10% of the accounts retweeting Liu’s posts have since been suspended and found to be fake. 

Time to Take China Seriously

Former President Trump said China should pay $10 trillion in reparations for what it did to the world with COVID; however, we also need to take them very seriously in terms of cybersecurity and online manipulation. 

Having armies of communist bots and false amplification techniques is clearly a part of the CPC’s online strategy; if we don’t take active measures to crack down on Twitter and other platforms to stop them, then the joke’s on us. 

The horrible truth at this juncture is that Twitter, Facebook and others are more than willing to crack down on Americans speaking freely online if they are conservative, but are not nearly as willing to go after CPC impersonators. 

I’m willing to bet good money more than 10% of those who boost people like Liu are fake or bots.