Facebook ‘is taking money from China to promote propaganda denying crimes against humanity targeting Uyghur Muslims’
- Facebook is boosting articles downplaying oppression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang
- Posts by Beijing mouthpieces are promoted to millions for a few hundred dollars
- Facebook – which is banned in China – says ads do not promote political content
- Comes as the Silicon Valley giant refuses to pay Australian media companies
PUBLISHED: 13:08 GMT, 18 February 2021 | UPDATED: 13:16 GMT, 18 February 2021
Facebook is taking money from China to promote Communist propaganda which denies atrocities against the Uyghur Muslims, an investigation has revealed.
The Silicon Valley behemoth pocketed Beijing’s cash to promote articles which downplayed what Washington has called a genocide in Xinjiang, according to The Press Gazette.
China Daily and CGTN – the state-backed TV channel recently banned in the UK – have paid Mark Zuckerberg‘s firm just a few hundred dollars a time to promote posts to millions of users.
Facebook charged China Daily less than $400 to beam this post to a million users. It accuses Western media and politicians of ‘lies’ and ‘disinformation’ about the Uighur Muslims