The vast majority of these accounts (2,048) relayed the official discourse of the Chinese Communist Party regarding the treatment of the Uyghur people, a Muslim minority of which nearly a million members are believed to be held in forced labor camps, according to NGOs.

About 100 more accounts were linked to a company close to the government of China's Xinjiang province, where the majority of Uyghurs live.

The other deleted accounts promoted the action of government authorities in Mexico, Russia, Tanzania, Uganda and Venezuela.

Twitter also announced the launch, in early 2022, of a consortium on issues of moderation of its platform, which will bring together academics, NGOs, journalists and members of civil society.

The social network clarified that it would not exercise any control over the research themes or the conclusions of this group of experts.

On Wednesday, Facebook said it had dismantled an operation orchestrated from China, which used fake accounts to fuel tensions with the United States.

These inauthentic profiles amplified the messages posted on the profile of a fabricated Swiss biologist who allegedly wrote that the United States was pressuring the World Health Organization (WHO) to put the blame on the coronavirus on China.

Refusing to comply with Beijing's demands, the American social networks Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, the participatory encyclopedia Wikipedia, as well as multiple foreign media are totally blocked in China by a "great computer wall" erected by the censors of the diet.

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