The Diplomat: China’s Disinformation Campaign in the Philippines
Tue October, 2020, Age: 3 years
On September 22, Facebook’s Operation Naval Gazing removed 155 accounts, 11 pages, nine groups and six Instagram accounts related to disinformation networks emanating from China. Much of the activity carried out by these actors were targeted at the Philippines, whose citizens have a high degree of social media usage and are particularly vulnerable to disinformation campaigns. Facebook’s exposure of Chinese influence operations illustrates a larger strategic evolution and constitutes a direct challenge to both the U.S.-Philippine alliance and American defense prerogatives throughout the Indo-Pacific.