The Chinese government has recently intensified its push to exercise complete control over the global narrative.
According to a report from people at Freedom House, China strongly interferes with the media narrative of some countries, and the United States is one of them.
The report said that the Chinese government attempted to exert high or very high media influence in 16 countries. Taiwan, the United States, and the United Kingdom experienced the most penetrative influence efforts.
Other countries that have also experienced intense levels of Chinese interference include Argentina, Italy, Kenya, the Philippines, and Spain.
In the United States, Chinese influence in the media space was identified as very high. China has been influencing various social media platforms for years and stealing U.S. intelligence secrets.
John Mac Ghlionn, a researcher and essayist, said Beijing had pumped inordinate sums of money into sophisticated disinformation campaigns. The hiring of various social media influencers to orchestrate cyberattacks on major news outlets.
The report’s authors identified that several news outlets had run paid inserts from news agencies directly associated with the Chinese government. Offenders include the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and CNN.
The report outlined the dangers posed by China-based social media companies like Tencent’s WeChat and ByteDance’s TikTok. Almost 25 percent of the U.S. population now uses TikTok, a surveillance tool and an information machine for Beijing.