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Social media platforms reveal China's disinformation reaching the West

protestors outside at night linking arms together and holding up glowing cell phones
Pro-democract protesters in Hong Kong. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

In the past week, Google, Twitter and Facebook each deactivated networks of accounts found to be waging Beijing-backed global influence campaigns — a sign that China is taking pages out of Russia's propaganda playbook.

Why it matters: These campaigns, which aim to discredit the massive protests underway in Hong Kong, show China not only censoring information domestically but increasingly promoting disinformation abroad.

FBI director's day on the Hill: China, Russia and domestic terrorism

Wray sitting in his chair, facing the committee.
Christopher Wray. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

FBI Director Christopher Wray addressed bureau oversight, China, election security and domestic terrorism in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

The big picture: Wray identified China as the top counterintelligence threat to the United States, and cited Russia as the second greatest concern.