Here’s What You Need to Know About Google’s Fight Against Chinese Propaganda

The rise of the internet has given a lot of groups the opportunity to flood the world wide web with various kinds of misinformation and propaganda, and the latest initiative that is doing this is a Chinese group by the name of Dragonbridge.

According to Google’s own press releases, this group has attempted to post coordinated misinformation tens of thousands of times across Google owned platforms including YouTube, Blogger and AdSesne. Google claims to have disrupted most of these instances, but it should still be mentioned that these malicious actors have tried to open upwards of 100,000 accounts so far.

That includes separate YouTube channels which is concerning because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up causing misinformation to skyrocket by orders of magnitude. This also suggests that these groups have a pretty huge operation, since such a widespread campaign requires a concerted effort as well as no shortage of funds with all things having been considered and taken into account.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Dragonbridge is the biggest single disruptor of coordinated disinformation by a large margin. The vast majority of misinformation on these platforms has come from this source, and it stands to reason that the group behind these efforts might’ve reached Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well.

After all, if there is such a widespread campaign, it won’t make sense for the group to only focus on Google’s platforms. Spreading out to reach as many social media platforms as possible would make more sense, and that suggests that they might be operating under the radar on these other platforms which could make users more susceptible to fake news than might have been the case otherwise.

There really is no telling what the true extent of this misinformation campaign actually is. Only time will reveal how far they have managed to dig in their roots, and it might be shocking to learn who is truly behind all of this which might happen in the near future.

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