China Harvesting Social Media Data On Western Targets To Equip ‘Government Agencies, Military And Police’: Report

China Harvesting Social Media Data On Western Targets To Equip ‘Government Agencies, Military And Police’: Report


China is leveraging its massive surveillance network to harvest the social media data of Western targets, according to a Washington Post review of “hundreds of Chinese bidding documents, contracts and company filings.”

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is mining Western social media — such as Facebook and Twitter — to “equip its government agencies, military and police with information on foreign targets.”

“China maintains a countrywide network of government data surveillance services — called public opinion analysis software — that were developed over the past decade and are used domestically to warn officials of politically sensitive information online,” The Washington Post explained. “The software primarily targets China’s domestic Internet users and media, but a Post review of bidding documents and contracts for over 300 Chinese government projects

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