Business Feb 19, 2020

U.S. tightens rules on China state media amid 'propaganda' crackdown

The United States on Tuesday tightened rules on Chinese state media organizations as it classified them as foreign missions, decrying what U.S. officials described as Beijing's growing "propaganda." In a step likely to anger Beijing, the State Department told five outlets, including the Xinhua news ...

Asia Pacific Feb 24, 2019

China aims to 'optimize' spread of controversial Confucius Institutes

China plans to "optimize" the spread of its controversial Confucius Institutes, the government said, institutions to promote Chinese language and culture that have been criticized by some for spreading Communist Party influence. In 2004, China began setting up the government-run bodies, whose stated mission is ...

Iran says Twitter shut legitimate accounts but not anti-government ones

Business Sep 17, 2018

Iran says Twitter shut legitimate accounts but not anti-government ones

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday accused Twitter of closing accounts of "real" Iranians, while allowing anti-government ones backed by the United States. In August, Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc. collectively removed hundreds of accounts tied to an alleged Iranian propaganda ...

Tech giants dismantle global Iranian propaganda push

World Aug 22, 2018

Tech giants dismantle global Iranian propaganda push

Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc. collectively removed hundreds of accounts tied to Iranian actors that a cybersecurity firm said on Tuesday were promoting Iran's geopolitical agenda around the world. Through a network of fake news websites and fraudulent social media personas spread across ...