SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 08: (L-R) General (Ret.) Keith Alexander, FireEye COO Kevin Mandia, Lookout Founder and Executive Chairman John Hering and The New York Times Columnist and Moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin speak onstage during “Cyber-Security/Cyber-Insecurity” at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
UPDATED 7:22 PM PT – Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Cybersecurity firm FireEye found the Chinese Communist Party led a concerted effort to incite violent riots in the U.S. In a new report, FireEye found China orchestrated an influence campaign across social media platforms in order to mobilize U.S. protesters in 2020.
Chinese-backed accounts promoted the narratives of systemic racism, coronavirus fears and anti-Trump sentiments. In addition, some COVID misinformation in Russian and German language posts were found to be written by nonnative speakers of those languages.
The accounts were found to be interconnected in the sense they posted similar content, and in many cases identical messaging. It was also reported the accounts engaged in coordinated sharing across 30 social media platforms and over 40 other websites and online forums.
The FireEye report suggested China drove division between the U.S., Europe and Russia. Additionally, it sought to motivate real world activity in those countries.