According to an investigation currently underway in Congress, the country’s major social networking companies have allowed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to promote propaganda with little or no oversight.
Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee have been pressuring Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to disapprove of CCP officials and media and their continued efforts to spread propaganda related to the CCP Virus amid the pandemic, Fox News said.
The initiative, which also seeks to crack down on the CCP’s influence in the United States, is led by the head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas).
The investigation carried out by the House’s researchers, pointed out that of all the social networking platforms, the one that does the worst job of monitoring disinformation by the CCP is Twitter.
“Despite a willingness to discuss HFAC Minority staff concerns, Twitter does not appear to have removed any CCP disinformation from its platform nor made any meaningful policy changes in response to our concerns to prevent the CCP from spreading propaganda on its platform,” the document states, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
“Moreover, Twitter does not label or provide transparency about the nature and operations of CCP propaganda outlets. Rather, it legitimizes them by allowing them to operate as verified users,” the report adds.
Just a week ago, the social network Twitter announced that it had dismantled three new networks associated with the the CCP, Russia, and Turkey that were being used to promote its image or to attack political dissidents.
According to Business Insider, the network that was backed by the CCP was the one that distributed the most propaganda content through 23,750 accounts, compared to Turkey which had 7,340 accounts and Russia some 1,152.
As The Washington Free Beacon points out, while Facebook received the highest rating because of its efforts to let readers know that they are consuming Chinese-funded content, it still allows several propaganda bodies controlled by the communist regime to freely disseminate misinformation.
Meanwhile YouTube showed similar failures in removing content associated with the CCP. “YouTube does label videos by CCP propaganda outlets, but the labeling is inconsistent,” the report says.
Among the propaganda fueled by CCP-associated accounts on social networks, it highlights unfounded theories that the U.S. military would have been directly responsible for introducing the CCP Virus into China.
The CCP’s influence on social networks has also been directed at manipulating public opinion, especially that of Chinese living outside mainland China, aiming to compare recent protests in Hong Kong with those in the United States and criticize measures taken by the Donald Trump administration, according to a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).
Meanwhile, the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s investigation also seeks to expose the lies of the CCP as well as its partner, the World Health Organization, amid the pandemic, accusing them of leading efforts toward censoring relevant information that could help better manage the pandemic internationally.
“After months of investigating, it’s become crystal clear the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup of the coronavirus [CCP Virus], especially in the early days of the outbreak, played a significant role in turning what could have been a local epidemic into a global pandemic,” McCaul told Fox News.
“Unfortunately, the World Health Organization under the leadership of Director-General Tedros only exacerbated the problem by repeatedly ignoring warnings about the severity of the virus, including from their own health experts, while at the same time parroting the CCP’s propaganda without independently confirming their claims,” McCaul added.