China’s global messaging is growing its popularity and influence. That may sound like a good thing, but the government army of fake Facebook fans raises serious questions. Launched by the Chinese Communist Party, a new propaganda campaign has targeted Western social media in its ambition to shape global opinion. Over the past year, hundreds of Chinese state media accounts have taken to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram seeking to shape public opinion. The Chinese Communist Party is building a sophisticated online propaganda operation aimed at promoting its message and combating the critical comments of foreign social media users.
Liu Xiaoming, an online mouthpiece for the Communist party ranks among China’s most successful social media postings. He recently stepped down from China’s ambassadorial role in the UK, which is one of the country’s success stories. In a sign of growing edginess among some officials, several foreign ministry spokespeople and Chinese embassies began tweeting angrily about Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, which were given prominent play in Western media. After a video of him saving a drowning man went viral in the early years of his social media joining, Liu joined a group of Chinese celebrities to film Wolf Warriors 2. It earned more than $850 million at the box office and burnished the reputation of China’s military.
Liu has since then been building his character into an ideology, becoming a figure who is daring, strong, and capable. Liu has made dozens of international media appearances, appeared on the cover of Men’s Health magazine, and somehow convinced People’s Daily to run a three million-character profile on him.” I believe there are ‘Wolf Warrior’ because there is ‘wolf’ in this world and you need to heroes to fight them”. Said Liu after getting a lot of followers on the social media platforms.
His posts, which were retweeted more than 43k times from June through Feb. alone, were the main source of new content for his followers. By tweeting frequently and stirring up discussions, Alex was able to push the envelope with his posts. Bao has been a magnet for controversy with his bold campaigning on everything from global politics to street fashion.”Ad campaign analytics by Observer show that at least 133,000 of the 301,000 Twitter followers Liu has amassed are fake accounts — purchased at a rate of about $6 per 1,000.
Liu’s supporters enjoy inventing rumors about the detention of human rights lawyers, but these have been fabricated by the Chinese authorities. A bold and innovative entrepreneur, the billionaire has created a social media personality centered on building an army of fake followers to help spread his message of negativity and other things. China has been one of the biggest people in this.
A seven-month investigation by the Associated Press and the Oxford Internet Institute, a department at Oxford University, found that China’s rise on Twitter has been powered by an army of fake accounts that have retweeted Chinese diplomats and state media tens of thousands of times. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies that it uses tricky propaganda to influence foreign social media users. Now let’s see how the future holds for them and how it goes out.