HomeWinBuzzer NewsTwitter Facing a Bot Swarm for Chinese Government

Twitter Facing a Bot Swarm for Chinese Government

Twitter is facing a China bot swarm that is flooding the network with porn to stop users seeing legitimate news about COVID-19.

-

There are a lot of changes going on at under new CEO . However, some things never change, such as the micro-blogging platform being hit by loads of fake accounts. This time, the nuisance profiles are coming from and are flooding Twitter with content that is designed to block news from widespread protests in the country due to restrictions.

Bot accounts are flooding the site and populating searches related to China and COVID-19 within the country. These accounts are showing escort services and porn, making it extremely difficult to get proper information about what is happening with the pandemic in China.

One data analyst says there has also been an increase in tweets focusing on insurance when people search for Chinese news content.

The Chinese government directly censors any information regarding protests on platforms within the country. That means Chinese people turn to social networks outside the country.

Controversy

Networks such as Telegram and Twitter are not available in China and are deemed illegal. However, people can use a VPN to visit these sites outside the country.

Hundreds of Foxconn workers have been clashing with police in the Zhengzhou district last week. The Chinese government is taking criticism for how it is handling the COVID-19 pandemic, which is ongoing within the country.

Speaking to the Washington Post, Twitter confirmed it knows about the bot flood and is working on a way to remove them.

Tip of the day: Windows Update downloads can often be frustrating because they are several gigabytes in size and can slow down your internet connection. That means your device may work with reduced performance while the update is downloading. In our guide, we show you how to limit bandwidth for Windows Update downloads, so they won't bother you again.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

Recent News