Fake Twitter Accounts Spreading Chinese Propaganda on Tibet
A human rights group says it has uncovered at least 100 fake Twitter accounts used to spread the Chinese government's propaganda about Tibet.
The accounts, found by Free Tibet, often used awkwardly constructed Western names and were accompanied by profile pictures that included photographs of American schoolgirls taken by professional photographers. Others used commercial stock images or pictures of dead celebrities.
The London-based rights group says the accounts posted English-language articles that attacked the Dalai Lama and that portrayed Tibet as a "contented and idyllic Chinese province."
China has gone to great lengths to paint a picture of stability in Tibet, where over 130 people have set themselves on fire since 2009 to protest Beijing's rule. It blames the Dalai Lama for inciting the self-immolations, a charge he rejects.
The Chinese government has not responded to the allegations found in the report by Free Tibet, which worked with the New York Times in its investigation.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are continuing meetings with officials in the Middle East in a bid to bring an end to fighting between Israel and Hamas.
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Kerry met early Tuesday with Palestinian intelligence chief Majid Faraj before holding talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri.
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