China Used Fake News Campaign to Divide Americans Over Coronavirus
This is the difference between true evil and amateur evil.
It wasn't enough for the People's Republic of China to lie about a virus that would go on to kill countless people worldwide. It wasn't enough for the Communist scumbags to profiteer from masks and other equipment from the virus they set off. Or to crack down on Hong Kong.
They also had to use it to wage war against the United States.
The alarming messages came fast and furious in mid-March, popping up on the cellphone screens and social media feeds of millions of Americans grappling with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
Spread the word, the messages said: The Trump administration was about to lock down the entire country.
“They will announce this as soon as they have troops in place to help prevent looters and rioters,” warned one of the messages, which cited a source in the Department of Homeland Security. “He said he got the call last night and was told to pack and be prepared for the call today with his dispatch orders.”
The messages became so widespread over 48 hours that the White House’s National Security Council issued an announcement via Twitter that they were “FAKE.”
Since that wave of panic, United States intelligence agencies have assessed that Chinese operatives helped push the messages across platforms, according to six American officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to publicly discuss intelligence matters. The amplification techniques are alarming to officials because the disinformation showed up as texts on many Americans’ cellphones, a tactic that several of the officials said they had not seen before.
1. There is actually precedent.
2. This was not about using divisive messages to push core agendas. You don't do that with text messages. That's a one shot deal. It's not about becoming a trusted account the way the Russians were doing in 2016. This was the PRC testing to see how much damage they could cause and how they could undermine the United States and President Trump during a crisis.
3. I'd like to see Democrats put a fraction of the passion they have behind the Russia information war.