Alethea identified a large network of social media accounts we assess may be linked to Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui and Steve Bannon, as described in a recent New York Times article. We discovered these accounts operating on mainstream social media platforms, such as YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit, but also on fringe platforms that promote themselves as platforms for the right, such as Gab and Parler. We also found one post from this network on Russia’s VK and another on China’s Weibo.
Altogether, we identified hundreds of accounts across platforms, as well as more than a dozen regionally focused Discord servers and WhatsApp channels in which this network coordinates and plans its activities. These accounts have actively posted content aimed at the US election, including posting false or misleading content about voting, amplifying known right-wing public figures, and targeting key Twitter accounts they identified in swing states with their content.
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