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We Finally Know What China’s Propaganda Army Does Online

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Michael Ambriz
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Computer users sit near a monitor display with a message from the Chinese police on the proper use of the Internet Associated Press

China is notorious for employing an estimated 2 million government propagandists online.

The propagandists are nicknamed the Fifty Cent Party because they re reportedly paid 50 cents US$0.08 for every message they post.

The remaining posts show up on other popular social media services like China s tremendously popular Weibo.

From there, they were able to identify precisely what kinds of tactics were being used to persuade the Chinese people.

On their own, these messages might seem completely innocuous.

But this new research certainly sheds light on an enormous network of top rate propagandists, who have no doubt learned a thing or two from Americans about the art of distraction.

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