"Public opinion news war is arduous & necessary,”China Daily said in 2020 bidding doc for “forgn personnel analysis platform" that mines Twitter,Facebook & YouTube for data on 'well known Wstrn media journalists' &'key personnel from political, biz & media”washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
🇨🇳at home is🇨🇳abroad. "🇨🇳is turning mjr part of its internal Internet-data surveillance network outward, mining Wstrn social media, including Facebook & Twitter,to equip its govt agencies, military & police w/ info on foreign targets, according to a Washington Post review."
It calls for weekly data reports on HK,Taiwan & US relatns.“International balance of powr has bn profoundly adjusted.Through collection of public Internet info we can keep close eye on internatnl community,analyze sensitivities & hot spots,& maintain stability of Chinese society”
"🇨🇳maintains a countrywide network of govt data surveillance services-called public opinion analysis software-that were developed over the past decade & are used domestically to warn officials of politically sensitive info online."
Having personally experienced incredible co-ordinated attacks on twitter at the time of the Covid outbreak in Wuhan it seemed like someone turned on a switch & the swarms began.
"These surveillance dragnets are part of a wider drive by Beijing to refine its foreign propaganda efforts through big data and artificial intelligence.
They also form a network of warning systems designed to sound real-time alarms for trends that undermine Beijing’s interests."
"These surveillance dragnets are part of a wider drive by Beijing to refine its foreign propaganda efforts through big data and artificial intelligence.
They also form a network of warning systems designed to sound real-time alarms for trends that undermine Beijing’s interests."

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